Lutes Shut Out Bucs in NWC Opener

Lutes Shut Out Bucs in NWC Opener

by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant

PARKLAND, Wash. – Pacific Lutheran defeated the visiting Whitworth Pirates 4-0 in the Northwest Conference women's soccer opener for both schools on Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates (1-4, 0-1 NWC) were held scoreless for the third straight match. The Lutes (3-1-1, 1-0) earned their second shutout of the season.

The Lutes were in control from the start, attempting seven shots before the Pirates found any opportunities. Leah Magee put the Lutes up 1-0 in the 29th minute as her shot from the center of box deflected off Pirates goalkeeper Isabelle Arends and into the goal.

Pacific Lutheran added on four minutes later as Magee found Meghan Michels who doubled the Lutes' lead.

The Pirates' only opportunities of the first half came near the 30-minute mark as Brixiada Mendoza hit the post and then Peyton Fisher's shot was saved by Lutes goalkeeper Cassidy Crosswhite.

Kari Mills increased the Lutes' lead to 3-0 in the 74th minute. A few minutes later, Michels put in her second goal of the day as her shot found the bottom left corner of the net to put the Lutes up 4-0.

Pacific Lutheran finished with advantages in shots (17-6), shots on goal (11-2) and corner kicks (6-1). Arends recorded seven saves on the match.

The Pirates will look to gain some positive momentum tomorrow as they take on Puget Sound at noon.