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NWC Champion Lutes Close Regular Season with Scoreless Draw

NWC Champion Lutes Close Regular Season with Scoreless Draw

Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond

PORTLAND, Ore. – Despite outshooting host Lewis & Clark College 19-8, the Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team couldn't find the back of the net in a 0-0 double overtime draw on Sunday to close out the regular season.

Offensively, it was all PLU throughout the 110 minutes of action. The Lutes (16-3-1, 13-2-1 NWC) fired 19 shots, 12 of which were on goal. PLU had their chances with corner kicks as well, accumulating 10 try's to the Pioneers' (3-14-3, 2-12-2 NWC) two.

"We played 22 players during today's game," head coach Seth Spidahl said. "We wanted to give some of our players who have logged a lot of minutes some rest and we also wanted to give some of our new players a chance to play as well. The players are so competitive and are disappointed that they couldn't finish their last regular season game with a win."

Kaylie Rozell and Machaela Graddy led the charge offensively, getting up four shots a piece. Megan Anderson, Kelly Brown and Tasha Tennyson were the other Lutes with multiple shot attempts.

Natalie Robinson spent the entire game in goal. She made four saves on the afternoon, helping her season total climb to 44 on the season.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with the season," Spidahl said. "To play 20 games and only lose three of them and to defend and only allow four goals, it was a great year for us. Trying to win back-to-back championships is hard because you get everyone's best shot. It was a great learning and development year for our players and our program. I'm excited, we're ecstatic, can't wait to find out where we are playing. The Lutes are excited for the tournament."

The Lutes learn their NCAA Division III Tournament opponent on Monday morning at 10 a.m. during a live selection show on NCAA.com.