by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The visiting North Central Cardinals scored two goals in the second half to defeat the Whitworth Pirates 2-1 in Saturday afternoon's Whitworth Fall Classic women's soccer match.
The loss dropped the Pirates to 1-1 on the season. The Cardinals improved to 2-0.
North Central created the first scoring opportunity of the match when Bri McAloon headed a corner kick from Kily Egan. Fortunately for the Pirates, McAloon's header hit the crossbar.
In the 15th minute, two shots by Rachel Wofford were blocked next to the goal. The Cardinals set up a quick counterattack when Lexi Dimovski fired a shot that was saved by Pirate goalkeeper Isabelle Arends.
Savannah Acpal scored the Pirate's lone goal of the match in the 31st minute. Acpal's initial shot bounced off Cardinal goalkeeper Madison Lockard. Acpal then headed in the rebound for her first collegiate goal.
Gabriella Coprivnicar almost put the Pirates up 2-0 after beating her defender with three minutes left in the first half, but her shot was blocked.
North Central's Aly Crum tied up the game in the 57th minute after scoring from the top of the box. The Cardinals second goal came after a foul was called on a Whitworth player during a scramble in the penalty area. Kily Egan put in the penalty kick to finish off the Pirates 2-1.
The Pirates finished with a 7-5 shots on goal advantage in the loss. Arends started in goal for the Pirates and Kaycie Priske took over in the second half.
Whitworth University hosted a match featuring Hamline (Minn.) and Whitman to finish off the weekend. The Blues came up short in the contest as the Pipers won 2-1.
Hamline took control of the scoreboard after Siri Parker dribbled past Whitman goalkeeper Allie Seracuse for the goal. Kaelin O'Fallon was credited with the assist. The Pipers struck again at the beginning of the second half when Ashlee Olson fired a shot from the middle of the box for the 2-0 lead.
Whitman was not done yet as Sophie Brussell took a shot from outside the top of the box, that traveled right over the head of Hamline goalkeeper Lauren Sicora for the goal.
Sicora finished with eight saves on the match, totaling 22 on the weekend.
Whitworth travels to Thousand Oaks, California to take on Cal Lutheran on Friday September 6th and Occidental on Sunday, September 8th.