PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers (4-14-1, 2-13-1 NWC) finished their season with a loss at home to third-place Whitworth (12-5-3, 10-4-2 NWC). The Pioneers' two seniors, Mali PetersonWood and Erin Lutz, played their final game at Griswold Stadium. Lutz ended her college career with a goal in the 76th minute but it was not enough to overcome a slow start by the Pioneers in which they allowed two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The Pioneers had only four shots in the first half compared to Whitworth's seven but turned the tables in the second half with each team finishing the game with 11 shots. Lutz, Paige Barta and Sara Klott led the Pioneers with two shots apiece. Lewis & Clark was the aggressor totaling 16 fouls compared to Whitworth's six.
Whitworth dominated play at the start of the game with four shots in the first 10 minutes of the half. The Pirates finally found the back of the net in the 14th minute of the game off of a breakaway by midfielder Annie Clark who snuck one past keeper Megan Sawyer for her first goal of the season. It didn't take the Pirates long to stretch that lead. Less than a minute later Whitworth broke through the Pioneers back line again and forward Arielle Van Peursem buried one in the back of the net to give them an early 2-0 lead.
The Pioneers finally got on the board in the 77th minute off of a goal by Lutz. Lutz intercepted a pass by Whitworth goalkeeper Molly Webster and buried a long strike into the top right corner of the net to cut the lead to one. This was Lutz's first goal of the season and second of her career. The goal would not be enough to give the Pioneers a win in their final game of the season. A final chance by Barta in the 88th minute was knocked out of bounds by a diving Webster and time expired.
- Lutz's goal was the 14th goal for the Pioneers this season and fourth goal in two games
- Megan Sawyer had five saves moving her season total to 63
- Lutz had two shots and ends her career with 21 shots in 59 games played
- Mali PetersonWood had one shot and ends her career with 31 shots in 66 games played