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October 23, 2011

Lutes Gets Another Overtime Win Over Pioneers

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sarah Gamache scored on a breakaway in the second overtime Sunday to give Pacific Lutheran a 2-1 win over Lewis & Clark in Northwest Conference women's soccer action.

PLU improves its record to 4-10 overall and 3-9 in the conference, and all of the conference victories have come in overtime. The Lutes beat the Pioneers by the same score back on Sept. 17, and they also have a 2-1 overtime victory over George Fox to their credit. Lewis & Clark, now 2-12-2 overall, had the opportunity to leapfrog the Lutes in the conference standings but instead stay ninth with a 1-10-1 record.

Lewis & Clark had the run of play in the opening half, out-shooting the Lutes 8-3, but PLU played much better in the second half, getting off six shots to just three for the hosts.

Senior midfielder Karli Hurlbut gave the Lutes a 1-0 lead at the 49:33 mark when she converted a penalty kick for her first goal of the season. Lewis & Clark knotted the score at 74:53 on Austyn Byassee's goal with the assist going to Sarah Breninger.

Neither team scored in the first overtime period, the Lutes getting two shots that were off the mark and the Pioneers putting one on frame that was saved by PLU keeper Lauren Chambard. Gamache had the only shot of the extra period, and she made it count for her team-best fifth goal of the season.

Both teams finished the match with 12 total shots and six on goal, and they were tied with five corner kicks apiece. Chambard finished with five saves compared to four by L&C's Geena Fong.

PLU returns to action at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when it travels across Tacoma to face conference-leading Puget Sound at Baker Stadium.

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