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Lunde Strikes Twice as Lutes Bedevil Saints, 2-0

Lunde Strikes Twice as Lutes Bedevil Saints, 2-0

Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond

TACOMA, Wash. – It was Taylor Lunde who led the Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Saint Martin's University on Sunday at East Field, the program's first win over a Division II school since Seth Spidahl has taken over as head coach.

PLU (3-1) got on the board in the 47th minute when Taylor Lunde found the back of the net after a pass from Machaela Graddy. Lunde did it again in the 50th minute, this time on a pass from Kaylie Rozell. Both goals proved to be enough as the team would cruise to the win.

"It felt good," Lunde said. "It doesn't happen often that you get two goals in one game, so that was awesome. I'm glad I had my team behind me. They helped me get there because I definitely wouldn't have been able to do that without them."

The Lutes set the tone early, dominating the entire first half. They maintained possession while keeping the Saints (0-4) from getting a shot off in the half. The trend continued late into the second half as the Saints only had one shot on goal in the contest.

Natalie Robinson picked up her second clean sheet of the weekend and her third of the season, making one save in goal while SMU's Ali Koehler made seven saves on the day.

The Lute offense was aggressive, getting 11 shots on goal in each half for a total of 22 attempts. The team had nine corner kicks, with seven coming in the first half. For coach Spidahl, there were too many shot attempts, and not enough goals.

"We've got to continue to grow with our efficiency in front of the goal," Spidahl said. "We probably had the potential to score at least three to four goals today. We've missed some easy chances. For me and my team's that's always the last thing that comes so we'll continue to spend some time in front of goal."

The defending Northwest Conference Champion Lutes open conference play next weekend, hosting Pacific University on Saturday at noon. On Sunday, Linfield College visits with another noon start.