MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-4-1, 2-2-0 NWC) took the field against the Linfield Wildcats (3-5-0, 2-2-0 NWC) Sunday afternoon hoping to redeem themselves after a defeat by Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. Despite challenging conditions and strong second half, the Pioneers couldn't find the back of the net, losing 3-0 to the Wildcats.
The Wildcats outshot the Pioneers, but by a small margin of 13-10. Although the offensive efforts didn't yield a goal, the Pioneers were again led by freshman Julia Markmann who had 4 shots in the game with one on goal. The Pioneers took four corner kicks to the Wildcat's six, while also racking up 10 fouls.
Head coach Jim Tursi said that he thought the Pioneers played a strong second half and created plenty of scoring opportunities, despite the loss. He believes the Pioneers will be better prepared for their next meeting with Linfield at home and feels good about the direction the team is heading.
Both teams remained scoreless for the first 15 minutes of play until Linfield found the net off a dropped ball by Milan Davis. Davis tended goal for the Pioneers for the first half of the match, allowing two goals and making one save. Linfield's second goal came at 33:17 when Ashley Guldager scored off a corner kick to put the Wildcats up 2-0 at halftime. The Pioneers tried to answer with four shots off the combined efforts of Brecklyn Beighle, Alexa Hanson and Julia Markmann, but both Hanson and Beighle's shots were saved by rookie goalkeeper Alyssa Brakkensen.
Megan Sawyer tended goal for the Pioneers in the second half, making three saves and allowing one goal. Julia Markmann led the offensive effort with three shots, one of which was on goal and saved by Brakkensen. Becca McCullough, Caroline Hennes, and Madi Pastores combined for the Pioneers' other three shots in the half. The Wildcats' final goal came late in the game at 80:40.
- Each with 2-2 conference records, Lewis & Clark are now tied for fourth in the conference standings
- Julia Markmann remains in the top five in the conference for shots with 20
- Megan Sawyer is tied for ninth in the conference for save percentage with .667
The Pioneers play again on Wednesday for their second road game in a row. They will head to Salem to take on the Willamette Bearcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.