TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers got out to a slow start allowing two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to lose on the road against the Pacific Lutheran. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-13-2 overall and 1-12-1 in Northwest Conference play while Pacific Lutheran (10-3-4, 9-2-2 NWC) sits one game out of first place.
The Pioneers were outshot by the Lutes 12-8, but despite the score, play was fairly even between the teams with both having very good chances on goal. The Lutes capitalized on their chances scoring on five of their nine shots on goal. Junior Caroline Hennes led the Pioneers with four shots while Erin Lutz, Mali PetersonWood and Anna Saucedo each had a shot on goal.
The Lutes got off to a very strong start and found the back on the net within the first three minutes of the game. Lutes midfielder Liz Griffith caught keeper Milan Davis off her line and got around her for an easy shot on an open goal. The Pioneers quickly found themselves down 2-0 after Griffith struck again in the sixth minute off of an assist by teammate Ellie Johnson. The Pioneers entered halftime down by only one, however, as junior Anna Saucedo was able to find the back of the net off of a set piece corner kick in the 33rd minute.
The Pioneers maintained their momentum coming into the second half and battled with the Lutes in the midfield keeping them scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the second half. In the 69th minute, Lutes midfielder Kari Mills found the back of the net to put the Lutes up by two yet again. Mills found recorded her second goal of the game just six minutes later off of a corner kick. The Lutes would seal the deal with their fifth and final goal of the game in the 79th minute.
- The Pioneers scored their 10th goal of the season
- Saucedo ended the team's four-game scoreless streak with her third goal of the season
- Five goals are the most the Pioneers have allowed in a single game this season
- Goalie Davis started her fourth game of the season
- Hennes led the team with four shots
The Pioneers conclude conference play at home next weekend against Whitman and Whitworth. The team's two seniors will be honored before the match against Whitworth on Sunday.