MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-10-2, NWC 1-9-1) allowed one goal in the first half and two goals in the second to lose to the Linfield Wildcats (8-3-4, NWC 5-2-4). The Pioneers were scoreless in the season series against the Wildcats losing their first match-up 1-0.
The Pioneers were led by junior Caroline Hennes who had four shots while sophomore Giana Losson and freshman Ella Viesturs had one shot on goal apiece. Megan Sawyer started her 10th game of the season and faced twelve shots, totaling three saves.
The Wildcats scored their first goal of the game early in the 19th minute. Linfield's Michayla Sponsel broke through the Pioneers back-line and raced up the left side of the field. Sponsel's perfectly placed ball into the 18-yard box found the feet of Wildcats forward Sydney Kuehn who one-touched it into the back of the net just beyond the reach of Sawyer.
The Pioneers had a chance to even the game with ten seconds to go in the first half. A long cross by the Pioneers from the left side found its way into the back but was collected by the Wildcats' backline. Linfield attempted to clear the ball but it was collected by Hennes just beyond the 18-yard line. Hennes fired a shot, but it flew just over the crossbar and the Pioneers entered halftime down by one.
- Caroline Hennes surpassed 20 shots this season
- The Pioneers only had two shots on goal
- Sawyer had three saves
- The Pioneers are scoreless in ten of their last 12 games
The Pioneers continue their four-game road trip tomorrow against Puget Sound at 12 p.m.