FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were on a mission Sunday afternoon as they took on the Pacific Boxers at Hanson Stadium. The Pios secured a 3-0 win after Saturday's draw against the George Fox Bruins, playing with the same intensity and focus that head coach Jim Tursi said gave them "their best game of the year."
Shelby Vaver scored early in the first half the get the Pioneers (5-7-2, 4-5-1 NWC) on the scoreboard. Boxers goalie Saya Brown misplayed the ball and came too far forward, leaving the goal wide open for Vaver to send the ball into the back of the net off a pass from Julia Markmann. The Boxers (3-9-1, 1-8-1 NWC) nearly had an equalizer a minute later off a shot from Lydia King, which was saved by Abby Prager.
The Pioneers outshot the Boxers 7-1 and added two goals in the second half to secure the margin, from Sara Klott and Brecklyn Beighle respectively. Each goal was a career first for both Klott and Beighle.
Prager tended goal for the Pios for the full 90 minutes, making four saves for a clean slate.
Vaver scored for the Pios in the ninth minute of the first half, her second career goal. Markmann's assist on the play was her career-first. Lydia King tried to answer the goal a minute later but was denied by Prager for her first save of the game. The Boxers outshot the Pios 4-3 in the first half but were unable to answer the goal.
Klott's goal came in the 63rd minute of the game, after a corner kick from B.Beighle. Klott sent the ball high and to the right out of the reach of the goalie to put the Pios up 2-0. She has one goal on five shots this season, her career-first.
B. Beighle's goal came just over 10 minutes later in the 74th minute when Lewis & Clark was awarded a penalty kick. Brown anticipated incorrectly and dove opposite the ball to put the Pios at 3-0 for the final margin of the match. Beighle has 11 shots on the season with two assists. This is the first goal of her career.
- The Pioneers racked up 17 fouls, one of the highest foul counts this season
- Markmann maintains her spot at third in the conference for shots with 33
- Giana Losson, Kennie Beighle, Becca McCullough and Caroline Hennes combined for 7 shots in the game
The Pioneers are on the road next Saturday to take on Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. They host Linfield on Sunday at Griswold Stadium. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 12 p.m.