Pirate Women Tie L&C to Close Season

Pirate Women Tie L&C to Close Season

by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Whitworth women's soccer team closed the 2019 season with a 1-1 tie against Lewis & Clark in Sunday's Northwest Conference match at Griswold Stadium.

Whitworth finishes the year 6-12-2 overall and 5-9-2 in NWC play. It was also the season finale for Lewis & Clark who moved to 9-8-3 overall and 8-6-2 in the conference.

Neither team got much going offensively in the first half with the Pirates taking a 5-2 shots advantage into the break. Brixiada Mendoza had a chance to score in the 34th minute, but her shot hit the crossbar. Kalena Pfaeltzer attempted to send in the rebound off the crossbar but floated her shot high.

The Pioneers got on the scoreboard 15 minutes into the second half after a corner kick taken by Brecklyn Beighle. The corner kick went off the fingertips of Pirates goalkeeper Isabelle Arends, then right in front of Alexa Myers who gave the Pios the 1-0 lead. The goal sparked a Lewis & Clark offense that outshot Whitworth 11-2 in the second half.

The Pirates tied the match at 1-1 in the 66th minute. Annie Clark, playing in her final match as a Pirate, placed a deep free kick into the upper right corner of the goal. The senior finishes the season with two goals and two assists.

Less than two minutes later, Courtney Schmidt got by Arends near the top of the box for an open shot on goal. Courtney Harmon sprinted back for the sliding defensive save to knock the ball away from goal.

Arends made some crucial stops throughout the remainder of regulation to keep the match tied. The first, came thirty seconds after Harmon's save. Arends dove to her left knocking away a shot from Kennie Beighle.

With three minutes remaining in the second half, Lewis & Clark cranked out five shots. Arends saved a shot by Anna Saucedo and then two more from Brecklyn Beighle. The Bucs defense then blocked consecutive shots by Caroline Hennes and Schmidt to hold the match at 1-1.

The Pios outshot the the Bucs 6-1 in overtime with neither team able to break through.

Arends made eight saves for the Pirates. Milan Davis and Megan Sawyer split time in goal for the Pioneers. Sawyer made the start and recorded one save. Davis had two saves through the second half and overtime. There were four yellow cards awarded in the match, with the Pirates earning three of them.