TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers went on the road for their second match-up of the season against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, losing the game 2-0. The Pioneers struggled to get past the Lutes' defense, who limited them to five shots in the game, the second lowest shot count this season.
The Lutes (13-1-1, 11-0-0 NWC) scored a goal in each half thanks to freshman Meghan Michels. Michels scored off an assist from Brianna Hunting to put the Lutes 1-0 over the Pios and the score remained there until the 83rd minute where Michels stole a pass and made it past the Pios defense to score again.
Abbie Prager tended goal again for the Pios, allowing two while making one save in 90 minutes.
Julia Markmann and Becca McCullough were the two Pioneers to make it close to the goal on Saturday, with both shots being saved by the Lutes' Cassidy Crowwshite. Brecklyn Beighle and Caroline Hennes combined for two of the Pios' three second-half shots.
The Pioneers (5-8-2, 4-6-1 NWC) similarly struggled to generate momentum in their last match against the Lutes in which they only took three shots and made no saves in a 2-0 loss. Despite the lower shot count, the Pios improved on their previous performance against the Lutes.
- Abby Prager is at 17 saves for the season, just three behind team leader Megan Sawyer
- With 40 shots, Markmann has surpassed the shot leaders from the previous two seasons, chasing down Hennes' 42 shots from 2016
- McCullough has a career-high 15 shots with 11 shots on goal in the season
The Pioneers host Willamette on Wednesday, kicking off at 7 p.m. They then travel to Tacoma again on Saturday to face off against Puget Sound at 12 p.m.