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October 22, 2011

Early Lead Vanishes in 5-1 Loss to Willamette

SALEM, Ore. - Olivia Lee gave visiting Pacific Lutheran a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, but Willamette scored the final five goals of the match to beat the Lutes, 5-1, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played Saturday afternoon.

The loss was the third in a row and ninth in the past 10 games for the Lutes, whose record is now 3-10 overall and 2-9 in the conference. Willamette improves to 8-6-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the conference.

As has been the case throughout the year, a flurry of second half goals by the opponents - in this case Willamette - proved to be the Lutes' undoing.

Lee gave PLU the lead at the 15:20 mark after a mistake by the Willamette keeper turned the ball over at the top of the box. Lee, a senior forward, scored from 18 yards out for her first goal of the season.

Willamette tied the score a little over 10 minutes later when Ariel Wilson netted for the first time this season, dual assists going to Paige Lancourt and Stephanie Skelly.

With the score deadlocked at 1-1 entering the second half, things fell apart for the Lutes. Willamette scored four times with Lancourt, Skelly, Kellie Standish and Ashland Bernard doing the honors. For Skelly, it was her 11th goal of the campaign. PLU has allowed a total of 30 goals this season, 24 in the second half.

Willamette had 10 shots in each half and a 20-5 advantage in that category. Erin Nobach led the Lutes with two shots. Lauren Chambard had five saves for the Lutes and Nicole Price was called on to make four saves as all of PLU's shots were on frame.

PLU returns to action at noon on Sunday when it plays at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

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