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Another Conference Game, Another Tie for Lutes

Mimi Granlund slides in on defense while Brenna Sussman (22) closes in on the play.

Pacific Lutheran has played three Northwest Conference women's soccer matches this season, and it is safe to say that they have this "tie" thing down pat.

Such was the case on Saturday as PLU played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer against the visiting Lewis & Clark College Pioneers on East Field. With the tie, the Lutes are now 2-0-3 overall and 0-0-3 in the conference. L&C is now 1-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the NWC.

The Lutes opened their conference season on Sept. 13 with a 2-2 deadlock at Puget Sound, and last Sunday they recorded a 1-1 draw with Pacific.

Today's match went back-and-forth, with both teams putting pressure on the opponent for stretches, though with few chances that forced either goalkeeper to make difficult saves. PLU goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez finished with five saves - all of them relatively easy stops - on a total of eight Lewis & Clark shots.

L&C's Savanna DeCota had seven saves on 12 PLU attempts, and she was called on to make two that were more difficult. About 14 minutes into the match she dove to her right to save Kristi D'Allesandro's shot, and with about two minutes left in regulation she tipped Ashlie Thompson's long drive over the cross bar.

Through the first 90 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of the first overtime the two teams were tied at eight shots apiece. PLU had most of the ball in the final overtime and ended up with four shots to none for the Pioneers during the 10-minute period.

Pacific Lutheran gets on a bus later today and heads down to McMinnville, where at noon tomorrow it will face the 25th-ranked Linfield Wildcats in another NWC contest.

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