PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dominated in Sunday's match against the Linfield Wildcats, winning the 4-0 shutout on their home field at Griswold Stadium. The game was high-energy from the start, with Kennie Beighle securing their first goal in under three minutes of play and setting the tone for the rest of the match. The Pioneers (6-8-2, 5-6-1 NWC) maintained possession for most of the first 10 minutes, keeping the ball in attacking position through a methodical passing game while the defense made some key blocks to protect the goal. The Wildcats (7-8-1, 5-5-1 NWC) found a good rhythm in the second 20 minutes of the first half when they were able to fire off four shots, three of which were saved.
Shelby Vaver and Anna Saucedo started the fireworks of the second half when Vaver scored the Pios' second goal of the game. Saucedo took a shot that was deflected by Wildcats goalie Alyssa Bakkensen directly into the path of the sprinting Vaver, who sent it right into the back of the wide open goal. Eight minutes later at 62:48, Brecklyn Beighle bumped the Pios up another point after sneaking in close to the goal past the Wildcats defense.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Pioneers started seeing more substitutions, which brought Emily Tash into the game for Alexa Hanson. In a fast break down the field in the 86th minute, Julia Markmann got tangled with a defender and passed the ball behind her to Tash who launched it 40 yards and over the head of Brakkensen into the top left corner of the net.
Abby Prager started for her fourth consecutive game and played the full 90 minutes for the Pios. She made eight saves to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard.
Kennie Beighle scored the Pios' first goal within three minutes of kickoff on an assist from Julia Markmann. K. Beighle's goal was the only one of the first half and one of four shots taken by the Pios. She has matched her career-high 11 shots on goal as a freshman and with 21 shots in the season beat another freshman-year record. The Wildcats matched the Pios shot-for-shot in each half, but were unable to get the ball past Prager.
The second half saw more aggression from Linfield as the Wildcats attempted to even the score. Shelby Vaver took that hope away when she found a wide open net for the second Pios goal off an assist from Anna Saucedo at 54:34. Suacedo's shot was deflected by Brakkensen to the left side where a waiting Vaver charged it and sent it right into the center of the net to give the Pios a comfortable 2-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Brecklyn Beighle pushed the Pios up 3-0 when she snuck past the Wildcats' defense in the 62nd minute to score again. The goal was Beighle's second of her career.
Feeling secure in their lead as the clock counted down through the last 20 minutes of play, Emily Tash entered the game for Alexa Hanson, alsong with Sarah Howard, Sara Klott and Caitlin Gallagher. Tash put the final nail in the coffin when Markmann got tangled up on a fast break and passed the ball behind her back down the field. Launching the ball from 40 yards, Brakkensen jumped for it, but couldn't reach as it sailed into the top left corner of the net. The goal was made with just four minutes left to play in the half and was almost followed by another from Markmann who was tripped by defenders as she charged the net on another fast break.
- Today's goal was Emily Tash first since September of 2018
- Alexa Hanson got her second ever yellow card
- Vaver now leads the team with three goals
- Prager now has 25 saves on the season with only three goals allowed and a 0.893 save percentage, putting her third in the conference
- Every Pioneer win this season has been a shutout
- This is the highest win margin for the Pios on the season
The Pioneers host Willamette on Wednesday, kicking off at 7 p.m., before they head to Tacoma Saturday for a 12 p.m. match against Puget Sound.