Kellie Standish scored her first two goals of the season as the visiting Willamette Bearcats knocked off the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 3-1, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played Sunday afternoon at the PLU field.
The Bearcats improved to 2-4-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the Northwest Conference, while the Lutes saw their two-match winning streak come to a halt and are now 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference.
Standish scored both of her goals in the second half, the first giving her team a 2-0 advantage, and the other coming with seven seconds left on the clock and ending PLU's hopes of a miracle finish.
The Bearcats got on the board 27:06 into the match against the run of play. Stephanie Skelly maneuvered near the top of the penalty area and slid a shot to the lower left corner that PLU keeper Laurie Reddy could not keep out of the net.
Standish made it 2-0 just 2:29 into the second half when she got to the near post to re-direct a cross from Malia Simpson past Reddy.
Needing a pair of goals to get back into the match, the Lutes turned up the offensive pressure and were rewarded at 58:08 when Sarah Gamache got behind the defense to score her second goal of the weekend. Assists went to Erica Boyle and Kristina Snaring on the play.
With the Lutes pressing for more, the game opened up on both ends of the field, making for an exciting final 30 minutes. Willamette had 11 of their 18 shots in the final half, while the Lutes had eight shots in each half. Standish finally decided the outcome, finishing off a pass from Skelly.
Both goalkeepers - PLU's Reddy and Willamette's Gina Barbieri - finished with eight saves, and Willamette won the corner kick battle, 4-2.
The Lutes return to conference action next weekend when they travel to the east side of the state for matches at Whitman on Saturday and Whitworth on Sunday.
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