Late goals help Pios end winless skid

Late goals help Pios end winless skid

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kennie Beighle's pair of goals in the final 12 minutes lifted the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 2-0 victory over the Pacific Boxers on Saturday at Griswold Stadium.

The win snapped an eight-game winless streak for the Pioneers.

"It was a long time coming," said head coach Jim Tursi. "We knew this was one we could certainly win. We've been playing well the last two weeks and putting some things together. We have a young group, getting people healthy and it all came together."

Beighle's goals were her third and fourth of her freshman season. In the 78th minute, Beighle scored on the pass from Anna Saucedo. Beighle added another in the 89th minute.

"I ran through after a great ball from one of my teammates and I hit it in the left corner," said Beighle.

Saucedo's assist was fitting since Lewis & Clark's best chance was in the first half when she hit the crossbar from close range. Without a score, the game was tied at 0-0 going into halftime.

"You start thinking of the worst things," said Tursi about the scoreless first half. "Kennie up front, she really is a special player for us and she got free, so it shows how good she is."

While the Pioneers (2-7-2, 1-5-1 NWC) held a 16-4 shots advantage, shots-on-goal were few for both teams until the final 12 minutes. Along with Beighle's two goals, the Pios forced two other saves by Pacific's Saya Brown (0-9-1) to get four of their seven on-goal attempts in the game. Pacific drops to 0-9-2 overall and 0-6-1 in the NWC.

Meanwhile, the shutout by goalkeeper Hannah Osmundson (2-2-1) and the defense is the second of the year for Lewis & Clark and its first since the team's last victory on Sept 3.

"We've worked on defense from the beginning of preseason and our back line is so tight at this point," said Alexa Hanson, one of the team's captains. "We communicate and we're disciplined. We've got our upperclassmen back there with Paige and me. It's been a work in progress and I think we're there finally."

Senior Kori Swanson, junior Mali PetersonWood, sophomore Paige Barta and freshman Giana Losson started the game defensively for the Pioneers.

Lewis & Clark travels to Pacific Lutheran on Sunday. The Lutes are ranked 17th in the country in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.