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October 23, 2009

Five-Match Home Stand Begins This Weekend

THIS WEEK: Pacific Lutheran, trailing Northwest Conference co-leaders Pacific and Whitworth by four points, plays its final five NWC matches at home. That string of home contests begins this weekend when the Lutes host Linfield on Saturday and Willamette on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m.

LUTES NEED WINS: As mentioned, the Lutes have 18 points and are four points out of first place with a 6-3-0 conference record (three points for a win, one for a tie, none for a loss). Both Pacific and Whitworth occupy the top spot with 22 points on 7-1-1 records. (For the record, Whitworth plays at Pacific on Sunday afternoon.) With just five conference matches remaining, the Lutes can't afford to drop too many points, especially because they are more than three points out of the lead. Remaining on the home schedule are Linfield and Willamette this weekend, Pacific and George Fox the following weekend, and Puget Sound on Nov. 7.

ABOUT LINFIELD: The Wildcats enter the match with a 5-8-1 overall record and a 4-5-0 conference mark, putting them one spot behind the Lutes. They have scored 22 goals and allowed the same number in their 14 total matches. Kurtis Wong is the team's leading scorer with six goals, while Travis Isaacs has three goals and five assists. Cody Tipton (1.29 goals against average) and Jon Thompson (1.83 gaa) share time in goal.

THE FIRST TIME - LUTES 2, LINFIELD 1 IN DOUBLE OT: After playing to a stalemate through two halves plus an overtime session, Pacific Lutheran topped Linfield, 2-1, on a Spencer Augustin goal in double overtime on Sept. 20. Augustin's game-winner came off a rebound right in front of the net. Neither team could score in the first overtime, though the Lutes forced three saves from 'Cats keeper Jon Thompson. Linfield got the scoring going in the 39th minute on a goal from Nick Jaurequi. The Wildcats' lead was only temporary as PLU's Jason Bjorgo answered the bell with an unassisted goal, his first of the season, in the 43rd minute. Pacific Lutheran enjoyed a 19-12 advantage in shots and it also put 13 shots on goal, forcing nine saves from Thompson and also a team save. Brian Kostol came up with six saves as Linfield put seven shots on target. The Lutes took eight corner kicks to five the the host Wildcats.

ABOUT WILLAMETTE: The Bearcats enter the weekend with a 4-10-0 overall record and a 3-6-0 mark in the conference, good for sixth place. With four different goalkeepers spending time between the pipes, Willamette has allowed 29 goals in 14 matches for a 2.08 goals against average. Erik Kaufman leads the offense with five goals and two assiss. Pacific Lutheran has had quite a bit of success in recent seasons against the Willamette Bearcats, winning nine straight by a combined score of 32-2.

THE FIRST TIME - PLU 3, WILLAMETTE 1: Junior midfielder Daniele Zaccagnini scored twice to lead Pacific Lutheran to a 3-1 victory over the host Willamette Bearcats Sept. 19. Zaccagnini opened the scoring at 12:31 on a shot from 16 yards. Willamette's Etienne Galbreath scored at 32:44 to tie the score, but that lasted less than a minute as Surafel Wodajo scored for the Lutes at 33:13 to give PLU a 2-1 lead. Zaccagnini earned his second goal of the game to complete the scoring for Pacific Lutheran on shot from 14 yards at 68:00. PLU achieved a 15-9 edge in total shots, including a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. Lutes junior goalkeeper Brian Kostol registered three saves.

LISTEN LIVE: You can listen to all PLU soccer home matches by pointing your browser to the following link - http://www.golutes.com/information/listenlive. Students Paul DiPietro and Bret Handy call the majority of the matches.

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