PORTLAND, Ore. -- An aggressive wind sent temperatures down into the 30's on Wednesday night as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted the Willamette Bearcats at Griswold Stadium. The Pioneers engineered a win in double overtime after fighting their way back from a 1-0 deficit. Anna Saucedo scored the game winning goal after Julia Markmann's attempt was sent spinning towards her by a Bearcat defender.
The Pioneers (7-8-2, 6-6-1 NWC) lost to the Bearcats (8-3-2, 9-6-2 NWC) in overtime in their first match-up of the season on Oct. 2, making Wednesday night's win the second in a row against a team they lost to earlier in the season.
Julia Markmann took four of the Pioneers' 14 shots of the game and got the assist on both goals. Shelby Vaver, Brecklyn Beighle and Becca McCullough combined for seven shots, with Vaver scoring the goal that tied the match and sent it into overtime.
Abby Prager played the full 106 minutes for the Pios, allowing one goal and making four saves.
Emma Blackburn scored the game's first goal for Willamette, sneaking into the net on a short shot near the right post following an assist from Rachael Moulton. The Bearcats had put pressure on the Pios following a 35-yard free kick that Abby Prager saved above her head and a corner kick at 23:41. The score stayed at 1-0 heading into the half, with the Pios outshooting the Bearcats by a slim margin of 4-3 and an equally close 3-2 margin in shots on goal.
Shelby Vaver tied the game at 58:43 when she found the net off an assist from Julia Markmann, marking a definitive momentum shift for the Pios who took the next six shots through the 82nd minute of the game. Willamette had a final surge in the last 10 minutes of the game in an attempt to break the tie, firing off two shots. The first went high and wide while the second was headed for the upper right corner of the box until Prager batted it away for her second save of the game. Her third came four minutes later just before the end of the half, ensuring that the game would head into overtime.
The first overtime saw limited offensive chances as both teams battled it out in the midfield. Vaver took the only shot of the 10 minute stretch which was saved by Kristen Barclay.
The second overtime saw more fireworks, with Willamette's Shanna Keil taking the first shot, resulting in Prager's fourth and final save of the game. Alexa Hanson received her third yellow card of her career after playing a ferocious defensive game for the full 106 minutes. Becca McCullough took a shot at 103:56 that went wide, before a Pioneers' attack down the left sideline led to Anna Saucedo's game-winning goal. Julia Markmann got the assist after an attempt to send the ball towards the goal was deflected off the foot of a Bearcat defender, right into Saucedo's path. Kicking from about the 14-yard line, Saucedo sent the ball past Barclay into the lower right corner of the net, ending the game with three minutes to spare.
- The Pioneers inch closer to Linfield's 6-5-1 record in the Northwest Conference standings with a 6-6-1 record.
- Markmann is now tied for third in the conference for assists with four and sits in third for shots with 45
- Prager is fourth in the conference with a 0.879 save percentage
- Vaver leads the team in goals with four
- The last time the Pios won in double overtime was Nov. 3, 2018 against Whitman
- This is the Pios 10th game of the season with a double-digit shot count
- The Pios had two assists each against Linfield and Willamette, the highest in a game so far in the season
The Pioneers only have three games left in the season. They play Puget Sound on Saturday in Tacoma, kicking off at 12 p.m. They then host Whitman on Sat., Nov. 9 and Whitworth on Sun., Nov. 10 for Senior Day. Kickoffs are scheduled for 12 p.m. both days.