Pios honor seven seniors, end season with a tie against the Pirates

Pios honor seven seniors, end season with a tie against the Pirates

PORTLAND, Ore. --  The Lewis & Clark Pioneers ended their most successful season since 2015 with a 1-1 tie against the Whitworth Pirates. The game went into double overtime after each team put a point on the board in the second half, but neither was able to make the shot that would secure the win. 

The Pioneers played a spectacular defensive game, limiting the Pirates to just eight shots while out-shooting them with 19. Julia Markmann led the offensive charge with four shots. With 53 in the season, Markmann has the highest shot count in a season since 2015. Six other Pioneers players had two shots each, including seniors Anna Saucedo and Caroline Hennes. Alexa Myers scored the Pioneers' lone goal for the first of her career, off a corner kick from Brecklyn Beighle, who logged her second assist of the season.

Megan Sawyer tended goal for the first 45 minutes of play and made one save. Milan Davis came into the game for the second half, allowing one goal and making two saves.

The Pioneers will graduate seven members from the 2019 squad, who they honored before the game in a Senior Day ceremony with families. Terra Clarke, Alexa Hanson, Caroline Hennes, Sarah Howard, Anna Saucedo, Megan Sawyer and Shelby Vaver took the field for their final game as Pioneers.

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Key Moments

The first half started slow, with much of the play happening in the midfield. The second 20 minutes of the half saw more lively play, setting the tone for the fireworks that would come throughout the second half and both overtimes. The Pioneers challenged the Pirates defense on a particularly exciting breakaway when Alexa Hanson charged up the left sideline, holding off three defenders before the ball was batted away. Although the Pirates took five shots to the Pios' two, neither team found the net before the clock ran out. Halftime started with the score still at 0-0. 

Alexa Myers was the first one to put a point on the board when she bumped the ball into the right side of the box off a corner kick from Brecklyn Beighle. The Pioneers spent 10 minutes defending their lead before the Pirates answered. Annie Clark found the equalizing goal at 65:28 after a foul from Caroline Hennes resulted in a free-kick for the Pirates. 

Of the Pioneers' 11 shots in the second half, eight came in answer to the Whitworth goal. Courtney Schmidt and Kennie Beighle had back-to-back shots in the 68th minute of play while Sara Klott found an opportunity at 81:04. Schmidt did ultimately find the net after Arends bobbled a ball, but the referee recalled the goal after a ruling that Arends had possession of it before it went in. The last three minutes of the game were an absolute offensive frenzy for the Pios, with Hennes starting the charge at 85:19 with a shot on goal. Between 87:06 and 89:04, the Pioneers fired off five shots consecutively, three of which were saved by Pirates goalie Isabelle Arends and two of which were blocked by defenders. Both teams were getting chippy through the second 45 minutes, with Whitworth logging three yellow cards. The Lewis & Clark coaching staff also received a yellow card.

Each team approached overtime with the same intensity from the second half. Saucedo fired off a shot within the first minute, which resulted in another save for Arends. Saucedo's attempt was followed up by Markmann, who sent it too high. Klott and K.Beighle both took their second shots of the game, while Becca McCullough fired one off for her 39th of the season. The Pios limited the Pirates to just one shot in the first overtime which was a key save for Milan Davis. Neither team was able to find the net before the clock hit zero.

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers' 19 shots against Whitworth is a season high
  • Alexa Hanson started in all 80 games of her career
  • Shelby Vaver and Markmann are tied with four goals on the season, a team high
  • The Pioneers' nine wins this season is the highest since 2014
  • This is the 11th game of the season with a double-digit shot count
  • The Pioneers end the season fourth in the conference
  • Abby Prager finished second in the conference for save percentage with .892

Looking Ahead

This concludes the 2019 season for the Pioneers.

Pios draw in season opener
August 31, 2019 Pios draw in season opener