Women's Soccer Closes Season With Two Matches
THE FINAL WEEKEND: Pacific Lutheran Women's soccer is set to conclude the 2012 campaign in the form of another home-away split. First up, the Lutes will rematch with Willamette on the East Field this Friday at noon before traveling down to Newburg, Ore. to cap the season at George Fox on Saturday at noon as well.
A YEAR IN REVIEW: The Lutes have already taken major steps toward improvement under first year head coach Seth Spidahl. PLU has so far tied the NCAA record for ties in a season with seven and has made a program record nine trips to double overtime. Pacific Lutheran can also potentially finish the conference standings above fifth position, which hasn't occurred since 2006 under head coach Jerrod Fleury.
SENIOR DAY: This Friday's match against Willamette will also be senior day recognition for two Lutes. Senior midfielders Mimi Granlund (Lake Oswego, OR / Lake Oswego HS) and Erica Boyle (Lakewood, CO / Wheat Ridge HS). Granlund has tallied seven goals and five assists during her career in the PLU midfield while her teammate Boyle has netted two goals and a lone assist in her 2011 season while playing a predominately defensive role throughout her career. The two seniors will play their final two matches while wearing the black and gold this weekend and a special pre-match ceremony to commemorate the duo's career achievements will be held during announcements of the Willamette match.
FACING THE BEARCATS: Pacific Lutheran took a thrilling double overtime 3-2 victory at Willamette off a game-winning strike from sophomore Blake Warner. The Bearcats put the pressure on throughout the game, scoring their two goals on 25 shots and forcing eight saves out of freshman goalkeeper Marisa Gonzalez. Willamette forward Ashland Bernard has been the most dangerous offensive threat for the visitors this season scoring five goals and tallying three assists in 2012.
CONCLUDING WITH GEORGE FOX: A double overtime rocket from freshman Lauren Larson spelled the game winner for the Lutes in the first matchup with the Bruins three weeks ago. The Lutes owned an 11-7 shot advantage as well as a 6-4 favor in corner kicks before finding the Larson's winner. For George Fox, Michelle Young has led her team with five goals and two assists the pace offensive attack. The Bruins find themselves at the bottom of the NWC standings with a 1-13 record and are looking to end their season on a high note by playing spoiler to the end of PLU's 2012 season.
PACIFIC 2, PLU 0: Pacific scored the game's first goal in the 54th minute when McKenna Davison took a pass from Sarah Tuff and finished from about seven yards out on the right side. The second tally came from Chandler Bowen in the 78th minute.
Pacific Lutheran wasn't without chances, and in fact forced Pacific keeper Kayla Davidson to make eight saves, seven of them in the first half. Additionally, PLU had six corner kicks while giving away none to the home team.
Lauren Larson put five of her six total shots on goal to lead the PLU offense. The Lutes took 11 of their 14 total shots in the opening 45 minutes.