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PLU Women's Soccer Ties NCAA Record for Ties

Goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez
Goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez

PORTLAND, Ore. - With its seventh tie of the season, this one a 0-0 double overtime Northwest Conference draw with Lewis & Clark on Sunday afternoon at Griswold Stadium, Pacific Lutheran entered the NCAA Division III women's soccer record book for most ties in a season.

PLU, whose record is now 4-3-7 overall and 2-3-7, joined three teams for most ties in a season. Ithaca (N.Y.) set the original record back in 1898, and both Augsburg (Minn.) and Sage Colleges (N.Y.) finished with seven ties in 2005.

Pacific Lutheran is closing in on two other NCAA Division III women's soccer records relating to tied matches. The Lutes have four 0-0 double overtime draws this season, putting them within one of the 1989 Ithaca team, and they have played nine total overtime matches, again within one of the record 10 set in 1989 by Ithaca.

The Lutes still have four matches remaining, starting with a Wednesday contest against Puget Sound that starts at 4 p.m. at PLU's new East Field.

In Sunday's contest, Lewis & Clark had the run of play, but PLU wasn't without its opportunities. Of the eight shots taken by the Lutes, six of them were on goal against Pioneers keeper Geena Fong. Lauren Larson had a pair of shots on goal and Samantha Benner, Kristi D'Allesandro, Kelsi Woods and Jamie Hoffman each had one.

Meanwhile, Lewis & Clark had stretches where it kept the ball in the PLU defensive end of the field, and they came close on a couple off occasions. Of their 16 total shots, Lutes keeper Marisa Gonzalez was called on to save six. The shutout was the sixth of the season for Gonzalez.

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