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Gonzalez and Defense Save Another Tie for PLU

Goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez
Goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez

WALLA WALLA - Marisa Gonzalez recorded 14 saves as Pacific Lutheran played to its fifth tie in six Northwest Conference matches, this one a 0-0 deadlock with Whitman on Sunday afternoon.

Gonzalez, a freshman keeper, stood strong with her defensive back line for 110 minutes against a Whitman team that took 26 shots to 11 for Pacific Lutheran, which is now 2-1-5 overall and 0-1-5 in the conference. The five ties eclipses a program record for ties in a season, breaking the record of four set by the 1991 NAIA national championship team that finished with an 18-2-4 mark.

Whitman is now 3-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the conference.

Gonzalez was called on to make 13 of her saves during regulation when Whitman took 25 of its 26 shots. Three of her saves came within a period of one minute, 20 seconds at the start of the second half.

The Lutes started getting more of the play in the final 10 minutes of regulation and into overtime. Over the course of the two 10-minute extra periods the Lutes took three shots to just one for the host Missionaries. Corner kicks went in favor of Whitman, 7-1.

Pacific Lutheran returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it hosts the George Fox Bruins at noon on East Field.

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