Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – Led by two goals from Machaela Graddy, the Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team shutout visiting Evergreen State University 2-0 in Friday night's home opener at East Field.
Graddy got the Lutes (2-1) on the board just 62 seconds into the game. The Lute offense would go quiet until the second half when Graddy banged home her second of the game in the 51st minute. Both of Graddy's goals were assisted by Kaylie Rozell.
"Machaela loves to score goals," head coach Seth Spidahl said. "She went through our opening weekend where she didn't score. She's always a threat and goal scoring is a confidence boost. You have to be resilient because you have to miss nine to make the tenth one. They were both good goals and both assisted by Rozell."
The Lutes had possession for the majority of the game, taking 16 shots throughout the contest. The team was more aggressive in the second half, earning six corner kicks compare to just one in the first half.
Natalie Robinson was in goal for the Lutes, earning the second shutout of her career. She made six saves on the evening while the Geoducks' (0-2-1) Emily Sorenson made six saves.
"It was a strange game today," Spidahl said. "Credit to Evergreen, they sat in, had good defensive shade and were hard to break down. It was a good experience for us to go through because they didn't really come out and press us and they made it hard to score."
The Lutes return to the turf on Sunday when they face Division II Saint Martin's University at 3 p.m.