by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – A pair of seniors scored and a third maintained a shutout on senior day to give the Whitworth Pirates a 2-0 victory over the Linfield Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.
The win was the fourth straight for the Pirates (11-4-3, 9-3-2 NWC) and their third straight on senior day. The Wildcats (9-4-5, 6-3-5 NWC) were held scoreless after scoring six goals against Whitman on Saturday.
"Our resilience was visible today as Linfield tested us in great ways this afternoon," Whitworth head coach Bryan Olson said. "On the attacking side we were able to generate a number of quality opportunities and it was fitting to see three of our seniors involved in either providing or finishing the two goals on the day."
Coby Yoshimura got the attack going ten minutes into the match, knocking in her second goal in as many days with a header. Yoshimura connected her head to a cross from fellow senior Kelly Wucherer for the goal.
After Yoshimura's goal, the Pirates and Wildcats settled into a back-and-forth battle, with both teams creating scoring opportunities they were unable to finish. Including, Yoshimura's goal, the Bucs and Cats combined for just four shots on goal in the first half.
The two teams continued to struggle to put shots on goal until the 65th minute, when Courtney Harmon fired in a curling shot that Madi Reimer saved. Brixiada Mendoza added another shot on goal seven minutes later, but Reimer saved that as well.
Whitworth called on Molly Webster to maintain their lead soon after Mendoza's shot on goal. From the 73rd to the 86th minute, Linfield fired away five shots and had two corner kicks, but Webster stymied each opportunity. The senior finished the day with three saves and earned the shutout.
After Webster held the Wildcats scoreless, Arielle Van Peursem put the match away. The senior dribbled to what looked like an impossible angle, Van Peursem rocketed a shot past Reimer and into the back of the net.
The pair of goals provided Whitworth's nine seniors with a victory in their final match on the Whitworth Soccer Field.
"These outstanding nine seniors have lead the way in transforming not only our program, but also our Whitworth campus community as a whole," Olson said. "They have laid a foundation that our program will be built on in the years to come through their selfless work and their love for one another. It has been an absolute privilege to coach these young women."
Whitworth will have an opportunity to stretch its four-match win streak out to five in its final weekend of the season. The Bucs open the weekend in Newberg, Ore., where they will take on George Fox on Saturday, Nov. 3.