by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The visiting Willamette Bearcats scored in overtime to defeat the Whitworth Pirates 1-0 in Saturday afternoon's Northwest Conference women's soccer contest.
Sydney Wilson scored the match-winner for the Bearcats to improve to 6-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play. The Pirates (2-8-1, 1-5-1 NWC) are now 1-3-1 in overtime matches this season.
Neither team saw many scoring opportunities throughout the first half. The Pirates attempted two shots on goal and held the Bearcats to none.
Peyton Fisher nearly got the Bucs on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute but Bearcats goalkeeper Kristen Barclay got her fist to the ball to knock it over the crossbar.
Willamette threated with 10 minutes remaining in the second half as Shanna Keil broke free for a one-on-one shot with Pirates goalkeeper Isabelle Arends. Keil's shot fell right into the hands of Arends to keep the score even.
Jadyn Baumgartner and Brixiada Mendoza took early overtime shots for the Pirates, but both were saved by Barclay. Willamette earned the win after forcing a corner kick six minutes into overtime. The pass off the corner kick bounced around in the box, eventually finding the foot of Wilson, who found the back of the net.
The Pirates finished the match with the lead in shots (14-11), shots on goal (5-4) and corner kicks (8-3). Arends made three saves and Barclay tallied five.
Whitworth squares off with Lewis & Clark tomorrow at noon.