Pioneers drop Northwest Conference opener in double overtime

Pioneers drop Northwest Conference opener in double overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took the undefeated Willamette Bearcats (5-0-1) to double overtime, but a foul in the box set up a Bearcat penalty kick in the final minute of the overtime period. Goalie Megan Sawyer dove right as Bearcats midfielder Jenae Arnold placed the kick low and left to give the Bearcats the win and drop the Pioneers to 0-1 in NWC play.

The Pioneers lack of a goal was not without many close calls. In the first half Pioneers midfielder, Anna Saucedo sailed a shot just over the crossbar and twice in the second half sophomore Giana Losson found the crossbar with two long strikes from outside the box. The Pioneers finished the game with only three shots on goal compared to the Bearcats' 10.

Key Moments

Sawyer ended the game with nine saves, one short of matching her career high. In one key save Sawyer went one-on-one with Willamette forward Shanna Keil after she broke through the Pios backline in the 21st minute of the game. Keil tried to go low and right with her shot but it was knocked out of bounds by a diving Sawyer.

The sole goal of the game came with 18 seconds left in the second overtime period. The ball was loose near the top of the Pioneer box and amidst a clash of players, the referee called Lewis & Clark for the foul, giving the Bearcats a penalty kick. Willamette midfielder Janae Arnold snuck the kick in low and left giving the Bearcats the win. This was Willamette's second game in a row that went to double overtime.

Deeper Look

  • Megan Sawyer had nine saves, one short of her career high

  • Gianna Losson, Alexa Hanson and Anna Saucedo led the Pioneers with two shots apiece

  • Freshman Sara Klott, who usually plays in the midfield or forward position, started the game at defense

  • Lewis & Clark had a season-high eight corner kicks

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers are on the road tomorrow for the first time this season taking on Pacific at 12 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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