PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers got their first win in Northwest Conference play off of a first-half goal by junior midfielder Caroline Hennes. The George Fox Bruins (1-3-1) were called for a hand-ball in the box in the 15th minute of the game that set up a penalty kick for the Pioneers which Hennes buried in the back of the net. Prior to this match, the Pioneers were scoreless in their last five games.
Hennes and junior Anna Saucedo led the Pioneers with two shots on goal apiece. The Pioneers (1-4-0) outshot the Bruins 12-10 and were the obvious aggressor racking up 11 fouls to the Bruins' six. Sophomore goalkeeper was two saves short of her season high with seven.
The only goal of the game came in the 15th minute of the first half. A throw-in by Paige Barta found was brought down by Saucedo who sent it up the right field line. Sophomore forward Courtney Schmidt chased it down and crossed it into the box to a waiting Kennie Beghlie who tried to get a shot off. The ball bounced off of the hand of a Bruin defender and the ref called a handball. This set up the penalty kick for Caroline Hennes, who buried it to put the Pioneers up 1-0.
A close call for the Pioneers came in the eighth minute of the second half. Sophomore defender Caitlin Gallagher challenged a Bruins forward, but clipped her opponent and was called for the foul. This set up a dangerous free kick for the Bruins just outside the 18-yard line. The free kick sailed over the heads of the Pioneers' wall but was knocked away by the outstretched hand of a diving Sawyer.
The Pioneers scored their first goal in six games
Caroline Hennes took her 40th career shot on goal
Megan Sawyer had seven saves
Anna Saucedo led the Pioneers with four shots
The Pioneers 12 shots were their most in four games
The Pioneers continue their stretch of home conference games on Saturday at noon against Pacific Lutheran.