PLU Tops Pirates in OT

PLU Tops Pirates in OT

by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Pacific Lutheran scored in overtime to defeat the Whitworth women's soccer team 1-0 in Saturday afternoon's Northwest Conference match on the Whitworth Soccer Field.

Pacific Lutheran (11-1-1, 9-0 NWC) remains undefeated in conference play with the win. Isabelle Arends tied a season-high with seven saves as the Pirates drop to 3-9-1 overall and 2-6-1 in NWC play.

The Pirates struggled to get the ball out of their own defensive end through the first half but were able to hold the first-place Lutes scoreless going into the break. The Bucs best chance of the half came in the 16th minute as Brixiada Mendoza took a shot from the middle of the box, but her shot drifted right.

Arends made multiple big saves in the first half, the first blocking a shot taken by Meghan Michels in the 25th minute. Arends made two more crucial stops with around six minutes remaining in the half, saving shots taken by Leah Magee and Alyssa Jordan to hold the match scoreless going into the break.

Hannah Miller took Whitworth's first shot on goal in the 52nd minute, but Lutes goalkeeper Cassidy Crosswhite was able to make the save. Emma Foulk attempted a shot on target three minutes later, but could not get by Crosswhite.

Neither team threatened through the remainder of the second half as the match was sent to overtime.

Ashlee Gormley sent in the match-winner for the Lutes four minutes into overtime to keep Pacific Lutheran's undefeated NWC record intact.

Pacific Lutheran finished with the lead in shots (20-8), shots in goal (8-2), and corner kicks (4-0). Whitworth is now 1-4-1 in overtime matches this season.

The Pirates return to the Whitworth Soccer Field tomorrow at noon to face Puget Sound.