PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was a beautiful day for a soccer match as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-6-1, 2-4-0) took the field against the Puget Sound Loggers (6-2-1, 4-0-1) on their home turf at Griswold Stadium. The Pioneers went play-for-play with the Loggers but lost the match 2-0 after two Logger goals in the second half. The Pios created plenty of scoring opportunities late in the game but were unable to answer to try to send play into overtime.
The Pioneers started strong in the first half, connecting on passes and taking time to let plays happen. Although the Loggers took seven of their 10 shots in the first half, Pios goalie Megan Sawyer made four of her five saves of the game to keep them off the scoreboard. The Pios only took three shots in the first 45 minutes of play.
An own goal at 50:53 put the Loggers on the scoreboard, and the Pios worked hard to even the score and force the game into overtime, taking six shots but unable to find the back of the net. Gennie Cheatham scored unassisted in the 89th minute of play to clinch the win for the Loggers.
Freshman defender Jezza Hutto felt there were some strong performances in the game, saying that, "our forward's runs are getting a lot more creative. Instead of just kicking it and running onto it, we're being dynamic and moving off each other and supporting each other and it looks a lot better and feels a lot better."
Megan Sawyer played the full 90 minutes for the Pios, matching her season-high five saves from Sept. 21 against George Fox. Brecklyn Beighle and Kennie Beighle, along with Julia Markmaan combined for six of the Pioneers' shots. Both Markmann and B.Beighle had one shot on goal, while Shelby Vaver had the third of the Pios' three.
The Pios limited the Loggers to just three shots in the second half, one of which found its mark. "In the second half, we started off strong but had a couple breakdowns in the defense. I think we could have done better in the first half," said B.Beighle. "We're forcing the ball and we need to just get down, play simple, and play our game."
- Markmann maintains a position in the top three for shots in the conference with 25
- Vaver started for her second game in a row, and with another shot, brings her season total to four
- Sawyer is in the top 10 in the conference for save percentage
The Pioneers are on the road for their next two games, taking on Whitman and Whitworth in a doubleheader weekend. The Pios play Whitman on Saturday and Whitworth on Sunday. Kickoff time for both games is scheduled for 12 p.m.