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Larson's Golden Goal gives Lutes 1-0 win over Pacific

Lauren Larson / Photo by Jacqui Gutierrez
Lauren Larson / Photo by Jacqui Gutierrez

PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran had chances throughout, but it wasn't until the final minutes of overtime that the PLU women's soccer team broke through as Lauren Larson's Golden Goal in the 107th minute gave the Lutes a 1-0 Northwest Conference victory over Pacific Sunday afternoon.

The Lutes' first conference win of the season improves their record to 1-1 in the NWC and 3-2-1 overall. Pacific falls to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss. PLU returns to action with a pair of home matches next weekend, with the Lutes set to host Lewis & Clark on Saturday and George Fox on Sunday. Both matches will kick off at 12 p.m.

PLU out-shot Pacific 16-6 in the match, including a 14-4 advantage in regulation. The Lutes had two shots go wide in the 90th minute of play, nearly closing out the win before going into overtime. Once in overtime, however, Pacific nearly claimed the victory when Deanna Qaudrel sent a shot wide as the match remained scoreless.

The Lutes clinched the win in the 107th minute of play when Blake Warner took the ball on the right side and crossed it to Larson in the box. Larson wasted no time sending it into the net for her team-best fourth goal of the season and her second game-winner.

Larson finished with three shots, including the one on goal, while Emily Hanna led the team with six shots and three on goal. McKenna Davidson led Pacific with three shots, all on goal. Takara Mitsui played all 107 minutes for PLU to pick up her second shutout of the year, tallying three saves in the win. Kristina Morris went the distance in goal for Pacific, saving five balls while allowing the one goal.