Lutes Look to End Season on a High Note
THIS WEEK: The Lutes have just four matches left this season, with three on the road. This Wednesday they will face University of Puget Sound at the Loggers' home field. This weekend the Lutes will take on the Pacific University Boxers. Having lost to both of these teams the last time they met, the Lutes are hoping to even the score. The Wednesday match will kick-off at 3:30, Saturday at noon.
FAREWELL TO THE FAB FIVE: This Saturday's match against the Pacific University Boxers will be the last home match for the five seniors on the roster. Keeper Lauren Chambard came to PLU from La Salle High School in Yakima, Wash. Last season Lauren recorded 99 saves for the Lutes and started in 18 matches. Midfielder Karli Hurlbut joined the team after playing for Meridian High School in Everson, Wash. She scored a team-high five goals and 10 points in 2010 and earned Second Team All-NWC honors. Forward Olivia Lee played for Bellarmine Prep before attending PLU. Lee started 15 of 19 games in 2010, scoring one goal with two assists. Defender Kristina Snaring attended Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash., before coming to PLU in 2008. Snaring tallied a team-high four assists in 16 games from left back last season. Danielle Williams joined PLU after playing for Snohomish High School. She started 12 of the 16 games she appeared in as a junior in 2010, and in 2008 recorded the third most minutes in PLU Women's Soccer.
WILLAMETTE 5, PLU 1: The Lutes started off strong on Saturday when Olivia Lee gave visiting Pacific Lutheran a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. 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. Unfortunately, the Bearcats got the equalizer late in the first half when Ariel Wilson netted for the first time this season, dual assists going to Paige Lancourt and Stephanie Skelly. After scoring the equalizer, the Bearcats took off running and never looked back. 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. The fifth goal of the match was put in off a penalty kick in the 88th minute. 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. 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 2, LEWIS & CLARK 1: PLU improved its record to 4-10 overall and 3-9 in the conference last Sunday after facing the Pioneers. So far, 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. The Pioneers outshot the Lutes in the first half 8-3, but neither teams were able to convert a goal before halftime. 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. With the score tied at the end of regulation time, the teams headed into the first overtime period. After the first ten minute period of overtime the score remained at 1-1. Sarah Gamache scored the winning goal at the 103:19 mark on a breakaway. Both teams finished the match with 12 total shots and six on goal, and they were tied with five corner kicks apiece. PLU keeper Lauren Chambard finished with five saves compared to four by L&C's Geena Fong.
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