For the second time this season, Pacific Lutheran and Whitman battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie in Northwest Conference women's soccer action, this one coming on Saturday afternoon at PLU's East Field.
Pacific Lutheran has played eight double overtime contests this year, two away from the NCAA Division III national record, with seven matches remaining. The Lutes are now 4-1-6 overall and 2-1-6 in the conference, and the six ties are within one of tying the Division III national record.
As a result of the tie, Whitman is now 3-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the conference.
Both Marisa Gonzalez in the PLU goal and Emily Davis in the Whitman net were up to the challenge of keeping their opponents off of the board. Davis, who finished with six saves, made the save of the game in the 21st minute, diving to her right to deny Alex Murray a goal on a PLU corner kick. For Gonzalez, who made five saves, it was the fifth shutout of the season.
The visiting Missionaries came closest to scoring in the 73rd minute when Jaclyn Rudd hit the crossbar. Whitman had three shots to none for the Lutes in the first 10-minute overtime period, while PLU had a 3-2 margin in the second overtime.
Whitman had a 17-12 advantage in shots, though the Lutes were more frequently on target as evidenced by the save total.
Both teams are back in action again tomorrow, PLU hosting Whitworth and Whitman traveling across Tacoma to face Puget Sound.
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