THIS WEEK: Pacific Lutheran women's soccer is set for a mid-week rematch with cross-town rival Puget Sound with Tacoma supremacy on the line. PLU will host the visiting Loggers on the East Field this Wednesday at 4 p.m. Later this weekend, the Lutes will travel to Forest Grove, Ore. to face Pacific on Saturday at noon.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: With last weekend's 0-0 double overtime draw with Lewis & Clark, the Lutes join the 1989 Ithaca College and the 2005 Augsburg and Sage College programs for most ties in a season with seven. PLU still has four conference matches to play but will be looking to tally more results in the win column as the season winds down. 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.
REVISITING THE LOGGERS: The Lutes put an end to a nasty streak in the first matchup with Puget Sound on Sept. 13, snapping a 27-match losing skid with a thrilling 2-2 draw. Freshman forward Lauren Larson set the tone early in the match by scoring a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes of play. The Loggers came back swinging in the second half, putting the PLU defense under pressure before netting their first goal in the 71st minute and adding the equalizer a little over 10 minutes later in the 83rd. Puget Sound came away with the best game-winning chance in the second overtime period when forward Rosie Jaye hit a low shot off of the PLU goalpost with 3 ½ minutes remaining. For the second meeting, the Loggers find themselves in third place behind leaders Linfield and Whitworth. Key statistical leaders for UPS are the offensive pairing of freshman midfielder Amalia Acorda-Fey and junior midfielder Kylie Beeson. Acorda-Fey leads her side in scoring with six goals, while Beeson has dished out six assists and tallied three goals.
DOWN TO PACIFIC: The Lutes played the visiting Boxers to a 1-1 double overtime draw in the initial Sept. 16 matchup at the East Field. Pacific put pressure on PLU by scoring toward the closing minutes of the first half of play before Emma Wayerski equalized for the Lutes in the 62nd minute. The Boxers owned a 17-6 shot advantage and had most of the run of play in the two overtime periods, forcing three saves out of PLU freshman goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez. Pacific has continued to struggle finding a consistent scoring touch, but are led by freshman forward McKenna Davidson who has tallied 7 points on three goals and one assist this season.
LINFIELD 1, PLU 0: Emily Fellows, Linfield's record-setting goal scorer, notched the game's only tally in the 12th minute as the visiting Wildcats beat host Pacific Lutheran, 1-0, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played last Saturday at East Field. Fellows scored her 14th goal of the season, getting the ball inside the six-yard box and beating PLU keeper Marisa Gonzalez. That, as it turned out, was Linfield's only shot on goal as the PLU defense had a strong performance against the Wildcats, who are tied with Whitworth for the conference lead. While the Lutes managed only four shots, they put three on target against Linfield keeper Taylor Collinsworth. She was up to the challenge, however, and won her 12th match of the season. Corner kicks went in favor of Linfield, 3-2.
PLU 0, L&C 0: With its seventh tie of the season, this one a 0-0 double overtime 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. 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, including one late in the contest. The shutout was the sixth of the season for Gonzalez.
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