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Lutes Beat George Fox, Finish With Winning Record

Lauren Larson scores her ninth goal of the season as Jamie Hoffman (23) watches.
Lauren Larson scores her ninth goal of the season as Jamie Hoffman (23) watches.

NEWBERG, Ore. – Pacific Lutheran finished its women's soccer season with a winning record for the first time since 2006 as the Lutes beat George Fox, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference played Saturday afternoon at the Austin Sports Complex.

The Lutes, who won their final two matches, ended the season 6-5-7 overall and 4-5-7 in the conference good for 19 points and sixth place. The last time that PLU scored more than 16 points in conference play, again, was in 2006.

PLU got on the board in the first half when midfielder Mimi Granlund, playing her final game, sent a through ball down the middle for Lauren Larson. The freshman forward outran the George Fox defense and scored one-on-one against Bruin keeper Alyssa Montero to the upper left corner at the 34:25 mark.  It was her team-leading ninth goal of the season.

That 1-0 score stood until there were less than 10 minutes left in the game, and that's when the Lutes added an insurance goal.  Samantha Benner acquired the ball near the top of the keeper's box, turned toward the left side and found Hannah Bush with an angled pass.  Bush dribbled free of a Bruin defender and rifled a shot from 15 yards out inside the far post for her first career goal.

Pacific Lutheran held the offense edge in the game, out-shooting George Fox 15-10 overall and 9-4 in shots on goal.  The Lutes also doubled up the Bruins in corner kick opportunities, 6-3. 

Marisa Gonzalez made four saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season for the Lutes.  Montero recorded seven saves for the Bruins.

George Fox ended its season 3-15-2 overall and finished ninth in the conference at 2-14.   

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