SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers allowed a pair of quick goals in the middle of the second half that fueled a 3-1 loss to the Willamette Bearcats on Wednesday night at Sparks Field.
Freshman Caitlin Gallagher brought the Pios to within one when she scored her first collegiate goal in the 81st minute. The goal followed scores by Willamette's Emmy Manset and Shanna Keil. The Bearcats added another on Kelsey Walker's penalty-kick goal in the 82nd minute.
"It was just amazing," said Gallagher, who scored on a header off of Jazz Jones' throw-in and Anna Saucedo's pass. "It was all Anna. She flicked the ball right to me and I just got the head on it and it when in."
Gallagher's goal ended a scoreless streak of 286 minutes over the last three-plus games for the Pioneers. Prior to Wednesday, Lewis & Clark had last scored in the 74th minute of a 4-2 loss at Whitman on Sept. 16.
"It gives us a boost of confidence," said Gallagher, "It shows you always keep working to the last seconds of the game and you just keep fighting to see if you can get a goal."
The Pioneers (1-7-1, 0-5-0 NWC) were limited to one shot on-goal in the first half, which was scoreless, and were outshot 16-8 for the game. Lewis & Clark freshman goalkeeper Megan Sawyer (0-5-1) made eight saves against 11 shots.
"It's hard to like hold that down for a whole 90 minutes all the time," said sophomore defender Paige Barta. "When we do move forward into the attack we're able to create more opportunities and get it out of the back, so as long as we can push it up there and just hold as a defensive unit when we have to, we'll be able to get a shutout."
Lewis & Clark's only win this season came on Sept. 3 in a 3-0 shutout win against Beloit. Barta nearly scored off a corner kick by Caroline Hennes in the 65th minute, but Willamette goalkeeper Grasiela Quevedo-Ramos (1-0-0) pushed it high. She earned the win in net after replacing starter Kristen Barclay, who left after 54 minutes. McKenzie Wingard, Emily Tash and Saucedo had the other shots on-goal in the game. The Bearcats improved to 6-2-1 and 3-2-0 in the NWC.
The Pios host George Fox in their next match on Sunday at 12 p.m.