WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers ended a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Whitman Blues (1-9-0, 1-6-0 NWC) Saturday afternoon in Walla Walla. The Pioneers (4-6-1, 3-4-0 NWC) dominated possession in the first half, keeping the ball in Blues' territory to take eight of their 14 shots.
The Pios couldn't find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes of play, with Blues goalie Elly Wolfe making five of her nine saves in the match. Julia Markmann struck early, taking the Pioneers' first shot just 1:12 into the game. Markmann followed up with four more shots in the match, all of which were saved by Wolfe.
Shelby Vaver created two good opportunities for the Pios, firing off a shot in the 42 minute that notched another save for Wolfe and following up after halftime with a shot that went high. The Pioneers finally broke through with just 15 minutes of play left on a corner kick from Brecklyn Beighle that found Caroline Hennes. Hennes finished the play past Wolfe and the Pioneers defense kept the Blues from answering before the clock ran out.
Megan Sawyer played the full 90 minutes for the Pioneers, making two saves per half to keep the Blues scoreless. Her four saves bring her to 17 saves on the season with a .680 save percentage.
Jezza Hutto, Brecklyn Beighle, and Becca McCullough combined for six shots, while Shelby Vaver and Courtney Schmidt took two shots each. Both of McCullough's shots were on goal and Beighle is leading the team with two assists.
- The Pioneers' four wins this season have all been shutouts
- Julia Markmann brings her shot count to 30 to maintain top three status for shots in the conference
- The Pioneers matched their five corner kicks against George Fox, four shy of their season-high nine corner kicks.
The Pios play Whitworth on Sunday to round out their weeknd doubleheader in Washington. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. The Pios then host George Fox Saturday, Oct. 19 before heading out on the road to play Pacific on Sunday, Oct. 20.