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October 25, 2011

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.

TAKING DOWN THE LOGGERS: On Wednesday night the Lutes will head across Tacoma to face the Loggers for the second time this season. Last time the two teams faced off Puget Sound broke away from a scoreless halftime tie with a trio of second half goals to beat host Pacific Lutheran, 3-0. After out-shooting the Lutes by a 6-1 margin in the first half, Puget Sound got on the board in the 58th minute on an own goal by the PLU defense. The Loggers grabbed the momentum and scored twice more within a 70-second time frame. Christine Isabella tallied her sixth goal of the season when she blocked a clearance outside the box by PLU goal keeper Lauren Chambard and then stabbed the ball home from about 16 yards out. The Loggers out-shot the Lutes, 17-2, putting 11 of their shots on goal. Chambard finished with five saves and Laurie Reddy added three in the final 19 1/2 minutes. Puget Sound also took 11 corner kicks to none for PLU. Puget Sound is tied with Linfield in the NWC standings with a conference record of 8-2-2. The Loggers split last weekend with a 1-0 win against Linfield and a 2-1 loss to Willamette.
ENTERING THE RING WITH THE BOXERS:The Lutes last faced the Boxers in Forest Grove, Ore., the beginning of last month. Pacific Lutheran struggled on the offensive side of the field as the Boxers defeated the Lutes, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer game played on a Sunday afternoon. The Boxers took a total of 23 shots and put 12 of them on frame. They scored at 57:40 when Sarah Tuffey finished Shekema McCarthy's cross from close in, and they added an insurance tally at 88:15 on McCarthy's unassisted goal from 10 yards out. PLU keeper Lauren Chambard was a standout that game with 10 saves. The Boxers finished the match with five corner kicks compared to the Lutes' three. Pacific Lutheran had seven shots in the match, one on goal, and that effort by Karli Hurlbut was saved by Brittany Hartmann. The Boxers will be coming off of a 3-1 win against Whitman, and a 0-0 tie to Whitworth. Last weekend's results improved the Boxers' conference record to 5-4-3, ranking them fifth in the NWC standings.

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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