PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers faced off against two opponents on Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium, playing through what felt like all four seasons condensed into one afternoon as they battled the George Fox Bruins on the pitch. The game went into double overtime but ended in a draw when a Pioneer goal was recalled with five minutes left to play in the contest. Both the Pios and Bruins found one more scoring opportunity each as the clock ran down, but neither amounted to the goal that was needed to clinch the match.
The Pioneers (4-7-2, 3-5-1 NWC) played a strong offensive game, outshooting the Bruins 15-8 and maintaining possession for a majority of the game. The Bruins (4-5-3, 2-5-2 NWC) had seven shots on goal to the Pioneers' nine, with Leanna Harris leading the charge. Harris' two shots were within a minute of each other and were the first two of Abby Prager's seven saves of the game. Prager played the full 110 minutes for the Pioneers in her fifth appearance and first tie of the season.
Captain Alexa Hanson had positive thoughts about the performance, saying, "We possessed the ball well, energy was way up, and I think that we did pretty much everything we needed to do. We just got unlucky and couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."
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The Pioneers' first scoring opportunity came from Jezza Hutto at 6:39, setting the tone for the game. The Pios fired off four more shots throughout the first 45 minutes, with another from Hutto, one from Brecklyn Beighle, and the first two of Julia Markmann's five shots of the game.
The second half was just as aggressive as the first, with the Pioneers creating clusters of scoring opportunities. Firing off three shots between the 55th and 66th minutes of the half and again between the 77th and 84th minutes. Markmann, Courtney Schmidt, Anna Saucedo, Caroline Hennes and Becca McCullough combined for the six shots of the second half.
The game had a relatively tame first overtime, with McCullough and Markmann both sending the ball into scoring range, only to have it saved by the Bruins' Brooke Jones. Markmann's shot came after a fall where she still managed to send the between two defenders, pop up after it, and rush Jones just a second too late.
The most dramatic moment of the game occurred halfway through the second overtime when Hennes put the ball into the net for what should have been the game-winning goal. Instead of the end of the match, the shot was recalled, sending both teams back into play for another five minutes. Kennie Beighle and Madison Burch were both able to get one final shot off in an attempt to take the win, but saves from both ends of the field kept the score at 0-0 as the clock ran out.
- This the Pioneers' second 15-shot game of the season
- Abby Prager is at a career-high .923 save percentage with one goal allowed and 12 saves in five games
- Julia Markmann had her third 5-shot game on the season
- Prager's seven saves are the most saves in a game for the 2019 season
- Becca McCullough set a new career-high for shots in a season with 13
The Pioneers travel to Forest Grove on Sunday for a 12 p.m. kickoff against the Pacific Boxers. They head on the road on Saturday, Oct. 26 to take on Pacific Lutheran before returning to Portland on Sunday, Oct. 27 to face off against Linfield. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. for both games.