by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
PARKLAND, Wash. – The visiting Whitworth Pirates fell 2-1 to No. 25 Pacific Lutheran in a tough Northwest Conference men's soccer contest on Sunday afternoon.
The Lutes (11-4-2, 8-1-2 NWC) bounced back from their first conference loss of the season yesterday to Whitman. The Pirates (8-8-1, 6-5) outshot the Lutes by a wide margin, but PLU goalkeeper Cole Weaver made nine saves to hold off the Bucs offense.
The Lutes took the 1-0 lead in the 21st minute as Keeton Heggerness converted a penalty kick to record his conference leading 13th goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Pirates goalkeeper Bo Broyles prevented the Lutes from doubling their lead, saving a shot taken by Jackson Moore.
Whitworth came out of the break reenergized, taking five shots and forcing three corners kicks within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Penner tied the match at 1-1 heading in a pass from Zanskar Blair off a corner kick in the 55th minute.
Pacific Lutheran quickly responded scoring five minutes later to take the 2-1 lead. Ryan Klee sent in a header in what turned out to be the match-winning goal.
The Lutes did not take another shot after pulling ahead. The Bucs took eight more shots to close the second half but could not get by Weaver and the Lutes' defense. Chase Reidt took the final attempt in the 89th minute, but Weaver made the save.
Whitworth finished with the lead in shots (18-8), shots on goal (10-3), and corner kicks (11-5). There were a combined 47 fouls in the match along with four yellow cards. Broyles made one save as the Lutes scored on two of their three shots on goal.
The Pirates return to Spokane next weekend for matches against Willamette and Linfield.