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November 5, 2010

Lutes Notch 1-0 Women's Soccer Win Over Willamette

PARKLAND - Alex Murray scored her first collegiate goal with 7:47 remaining in the match as Pacific Lutheran defeated Willamette, 1-0, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played Friday afternoon at the PLU soccer field.

Murray, a frosh midfielder from Bonney Lake, was the first player to Courtney Walker's free kick in front of the Willamette goal, shooting past goalkeeper Kelli Gano and into the net from close range to give the Lutes (4-13-1 overall, 4-10-1 conference) the victory. The Bearcats (6-11-2, 5-8-2) twice hit the crossbar while out-shooting the hosts, 12-7, in addition to taking eight corner kicks to two for PLU.

Willamette had the run of play throughout the first half, getting off nine shots to just one for PLU. Ivory Harvey, starting in goal because of a knee injury suffered by normal starter Lauren Chambard, had all four of her saves in the first 45 minutes. The biggest of the group came with about five minutes left in the half when she dove to her right to stop Andrea Rowan's point-blank effort.

The Bearcats nearly scored six minutes into the match when Stephanie Skelly's 15-yard shot banged off the crossbar, and the same thing happened about seven minutes into the second half, this time on Sabine Wetzel's long-range effort.

The Lutes trailed in shots, 11-1, when they started getting more possession of the ball and in turn put more pressure on the Willamette defense. After a Willamette foul about 25 yards from goal, Walker lobbed her free kick over the defensive wall, and Murray converted for the match winner.

Pacific Lutheran finishes its season on Saturday, hosting the George Fox Bruins in a match scheduled to kick off at noon.

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