PORTLAND, Ore. -- The field was slick from rain as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-2-1) faced off against the Pacific Boxers (2-3-0) on their home turf at Griswold Stadium in Portland. The Pioneers clinched their second victory of the weekend with a 2-0 win over the Boxers, the first time since 2014 that they've had back-to-back Northwest Conference wins.
The game was fast and physical, with aggressive drives to the goal from both teams. The Boxers were able to keep the ball in Pioneer territory in the first 10 minutes of the half before the Pios offense came alive and put the pressure on for the rest of the match. Jezza Hutto and Courtney Schmidt were key forces in moving play into the Boxer half of the pitch.
The defensive lines from both teams worked hard to limit scoring opportunities. Both teams only fired off six shots, the lowest shooting game for Lewis & Clark this season. Heading into minute 49, Julia Markmann finally found the net, sending a shot into the far left corner past Pacific's Saya Brown to put the Pios up 1-0. Play intensified with the momentum of scoring and both teams traded fouls and free kicks before junior Kennie Beighle sprinted down the field to score the second goal of the match.
Milan Davis tended goal for the Pioneers, playing the full 90 minutes and making two saves to keep the Boxers off the scoreboard for the match.
In a game that saw limited scoring opportunities, both Jezza Hutto and Courtney Schmidt were instrumental in helping the Pioneers keep possession of the ball. Hutto and Schmidt's strong ball handling skills kept the Boxers on their toes throughout the match. Seniors Anna Saucedo, Caroline Hennes and Alexa Meyer all contributed to scoring efforts with a shot each, while Shelby Vaver and Alexa Meyers saw significant playing time throughout the match.
The Lewis & Clark defensive line really stepped up for both weeknd shutouts, playing compact and keeping the ball wide against the Boxers. Combined with key saves by Milan Davis in goal, the Boxers had a hard time getting shots off after the first half.
- The weekend's games are the Pioneers' first Northwest Conference back-to-back wins since 2016 and back-to-back NWC shutout wins since 2014
- This is the Pioneer's first 2-0 start in NWC play since 2014
- The Pioneers' current record is the best start to a season (3-2-1) since 2015 (4-2) after six matches
The Pioneers will next host Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, then head on the road to take on Linfield on Sunday. Both kickoffs are scheduled for 12pm.