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September 4, 2011

PLU Women's Soccer Falls in Season Opener

Pacific Lutheran stayed with Cal Lutheran for a half on Sunday, but the visiting Regals netted a trio of second-half goals in defeating the Lutes, 3-0, in the women's soccer season opener for both teams at the PLU soccer field.

The match was scoreless through the first 45 minutes as the PLU defense limited the visitors to just six shots. Lutes senior keeper Lauren Chambard kept the Regals off the board with one minute left in the period, rising to tip Sinead Vaughan's goal-bound curling drive around the far post.

Cal Lutheran, the defending Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, dominated second-half possession as evidenced by a 16-0 advantage in shots. Lindsay Armenta put the Regals on the board just 1:06 into the second half, knocking home a rebound from Jess Armstrong's corner kick.

Kristina Hulse made it 2-0 at 50:34, settling Kirsten DiPippo's entry pass in the box before turning and firing past Chambard. The final goal came at 83:34 when Kristin Cameron intercepted an attempted clearance near the top of the box and hit a rocket into the upper part of the goal.

If not for Chambard, the score could have been worse. The senior keeper from Yakima finished with 12 saves, several of the spectacular variety.

On the other end, the Lutes managed just one shot, a long-range first-half effort by Olivia Lee that was high and wide of the goal. Cal Lutheran keepers Tina Hedwall and Renee Standage each played 45 minutes without having to make a save.

The stat sheet shot CLU ahead in both shots (22-1) and corner kicks (13-0).

PLU returns to action at 1 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 10, when it hosts Montclair State University from New Jersey.

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