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October 18, 2012

Lutes Prepare For Third Home-Away Split

THIS WEEKEND: The Lutes will be at home this Saturday facing conference leading Linfield before traveling to Oregon this Sunday to rematch with Lewis & Clark. Saturday's fixture will take place on the East Field and is set to kick off at noon.

PUTTING THE TIME IN: Pacific Lutheran has been to overtime an unheard of eight times this season, and have tied a PLU record six games. Should the Lutes tie one more match, it will match the all time Division III national record for ties in a season with seven. The current record for most overtime matches played in a season still stands at 10 set by the 1989 Ithaca College (N.Y.) 

HOSTING THE CONFERENCE LEADERS: Linfield's Emily Fellows comes in as the conference leader with a blistering 13 goals on 103 shots, substantially isolating herself as the most dangerous offensive player thus far in conference play with 30 points. Fellows was all over the Lute defense in this first matchup having a hand in both Wildcat goals, scoring one while assisting the other. The stingy Linfield defense also limited PLU to just one shot on goal through the duration of the match. Linfield currently sits tied atop the NWC standings with the Whitworth Pirates, both at 7-1-2. 

LEWIS & CLARK NEXT: The Lutes and Pios dueled to a scoreless draw during the September 22nd matchup at the East Field. Lewis & Clark's balanced offense will look to test the Lute defense this Sunday in Portland, Ore. with the Pios' freshman forward Emily Thompson leading the team with five goals and two assists to her credit. Both teams sit in the middle of the Northwest Conference standings with the Pioneers sitting one spot ahead of the Lutes at fourth place with a 5-4-2 conference record.

PLU 0, WHITMAN 0: 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 denyAlex 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. 

WHITWORTH 1, PLU 0: Hannah Bokma scored on a rebound shot following a save by Pacific Lutheran keeper Marisa Gonzalez, giving visiting Whitworth a 1-0 Northwest Conference women's soccer win over Pacific Lutheran on Sunday afternoon at East Field.

Gonzalez came off her line to stop a shot by Chelsea Schooler, who had gotten in behind the PLU defense, but the ball ricocheted to Bokma, who finished into the open net for her first goal of the season. The goal came at the 76:55 mark.

Following the goal, the Lutes had a couple of looks at goal but both shots ended up wide of the target. As indicated by the final score and virtually every statistical category, the two teams played a very even match. The Lutes ended up with 13 shots, five of them on goal, compared to 12 shots, five on goal, for the Pirates. It was only in corner kicks, where PLU had a decided 7-3 advantage, was there a significant difference between the teams.

A total of eight different PLU players took shots in the game, with Samantha Benner putting two of her three shots on frame. In the first half, Lauren Larson was taken to the ground in the Whitworth penalty box, drawing a loud response from the PLU bench, but the referee waved play to continue.

About 10 minutes prior to scoring the goal, Whitworth had another good chance, only to see Schooler's shot hit off the cross bar