On Senior Day, Fikso’s goal the difference over Puget Sound

On Senior Day, Fikso’s goal the difference over Puget Sound

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A late first-half goal by Lewis & Clark's Isobel Fikso took the Pioneers to a 1-0 victory over the Puget Sound Loggers on Sunday afternoon. The win, Lewis & Clark's first in its last seven matches, came on Senior Day at Griswold Stadium.

Fikso scored the goal, her second of the season, on a free kick from 30 yards out to give the Pios the lead in the 43rd minute.

"I looked over at the sideline and Jim [Tursi] said drive it in and they had given me a little space and I hit it and hoped for the best and it went in," said Fikso.

The loss was just the third in Northwest Conference games for the Loggers.

Prior to the game, seniors Taylor Hudson, Mackenzie Cornell-Maier, Rochelle Jordan and Fikso were recognized in front of the crowd of 314 at Griswold Stadium. The team wrote "Senior Day letters" to the group playing their final collegiate match.

"We came in with a bigger freshman class and it kind of dwindled as the years went on, but we stuck with it and really committed and this win shows it," said Rochelle Jordan, who finished the season as Lewis & Clark's leader in assists.

With the lead late in the match, Lewis & Clark faced a heavy attack by Puget Sound. In the 76th minute, Grayson Williams-Krebs attempted a shot over Pios goalkeeper Hannah Osmundson, who moved up in the box as Williams-Krebs approached, but missed it high. Osmondson made seven saves against 17 Puget Sound shots. Defender Paige Barta had a key save in the 85th minute and the defense held to preserve the win.

"It was hard," said Cornell-Maier, who along with Fikso were the two seniors on the backline throughout the year. "It's at the end of the season. It's hard to play 90 minutes, but we wanted this win so badly. It was worth it."

Hudson battled injuries throughout the second half of the season and hadn't played since Oct. 12 before starting on Sunday.

"It was bittersweet," said Hudson. "It was tough to be out half the season, but to be able to come out and play almost 30 minutes and make an impact, that's all that mattered to me.

"Lewis & Clark has never beat Puget Sound and to be part of that means everything," said Hudson, referencing the Pios first win against the Loggers since the women's soccer program was restarted in 2004.

Lewis & Clark ends the season with a 5-9-2 record and a finish of no worse than sixth place in the Northwest Conference.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Willamette 3, George Fox 0
Linfield 1, Whitworth 0
Pacific 1, Whitman 0 (2OT)