SALEM, Ore. – In their last home game of the season, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took on the Willamette Bearcats at Sparks Field, resulting in a 0-0 overtime tie. With their second tie of the season, the Pios break a four game losing streak, bringing their record to 5-12-2 overall, and 4-9-2 in conference.
Continuing their formation from the past weekend, Lewis & Clark once again started a primarily underclassman back line. Seniors Mackenzie Cornell-Maier and Isobel Fikso were pushed into the midfield, hoping to give the Pioneers a better chance offensively.
"It was a bummer not to finish offensively, but I'm proud that we were able to dominate defensively and keep our first shutout in a while," said Cornell-Maier, "As hard as it is to play a new position this late in the season, its great to see the younger girls out there doing so well."
The first half was evenly matched, with both teams getting off four shots. In their best offensive chance of the first half, Fikso dribbled the ball up the left sideline, getting a shot off to the far post. Willamette's keeper was able to hit the ball wide of the goal, and Pio senior Rochelle Jordan was there for the rebound. Unable to finish on her first shot, which once again bounced out, she passed the ball off to Saucedo, who was also unable to break the Bearcats back line.
The second 45 minutes continued much the same as the first half. Both teams were tied offensively, and kept the ball out of the net. The Pioneers were unable to finish on 12 Willamette foul kicks they were awarded, and also came out of their five corner kicks without any shots on goal.
Fikso and freshman forward Anna Saucedo led the team in shots, putting up three each. Fikso had two on goal, but the Pioneers couldn't break down the Bearcat defense.
Rochelle Jordan, Fikso and Cornell-Maier, the team's senior class, each played all 110 minutes of the game. They return to Griswold Stadium on Sunday at noon, sporting their Lewis & Clark jerseys one last time.