PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-3-1) played a fierce game Saturday afternoon against he Pacific Lutheran Lutes (5-1-1), ultimately losing the contest 2-0. The Lutes currently top the Northwest Conference standings with a 3-0 record, giving the Pios their first conference loss of the season.
The Pioneers played a strong defensive game, keeping the Lutes off the scoreboard and limiting their scoring opportunities to just four shots in the first half. Anna Saucedo and Kennie Beighle took two of the Pios' three shots in the first 15 minutes of play but couldn't find the back of the net. The Lutes scored their two goals early in the second half, just four minutes apart. Becca McCullough tried to answer for the Pios with a shot in minute 74, but the Pios were feeling the fatigue of a fast-paced and physical game and couldn't close the gap by the time the clock ran out.
Megan Sawyer tended goal for the Pios for 78 minutes of the match, allowing two goals and making two saves. Abbie Prager took over the position with 12 minutes left in the contest.
Anna Saucedo took the first of the Pioneers' three shots, followed a few minutes later by Kennie Beighle. Becca McCullough contributed the Pios' final shot of the game. Despite the limited scoring opportunities for the Pioneers, the teams traded possession enough that neither dominated over the other.
Senior captain Caroline Hennes felt positively about the game, despite the loss, noting that she thought the game showed a lot of promise for the rest of the season and that the Pioneers' work ethic would bring them success down the line.
- Julia Markmann is fifth in the conference in shots with 16
- Milan Davis and Megan Sawyer are tied for third in the conference in goals against with three each
The Pioneers hit the road for the second match of a weekend double header, taking on Linfield Sunday afternoon in McMinnville. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. The Pioneers play again on Wednesday, traveling to Salem to face off against Willamette. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.