PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pioneers remain winless in conference play after a second-half goal by the Linfield Wildcats gave the visiting team the 1-0 victory.
The Pioneers struggled to get past a tough Wildcats defensive line and were limited to just two shots on goal and six shots total. The Pios had one final chance in the last minute of the game off of a cross into the box, but the shot by midfielder Becca McCullough was punched out by the Linfield keeper.
In the 32nd minute of the game, Linfield had a breakaway up the right side of the field. A long shot from outside the box sailed over the head of goalkeeper Megan Sawyer, but defender Mali Peterson-Wood was there to clear it with a header.
The lone goal of the game came in the 77th minute started with a foul on defender Caitlin Gallagher. Gallagher was shown a yellow card after tripping a Linfield player near half-field. The free kick for the Wildcats was sent long into the box and bounced a few times before finding the foot of Linfield's Ashley Guldager who found the back of the net for the winning goal.
The Pioneers only allowed three shots on goal which is their least allowed in conference play
Caroline Hennes led the Pioneers with two shots
Lewis & Clark ended the game with a season-low six shots
The Pioneers continue conference play tomorrow, Sept. 23, at home against Puget Sound.