Whitworth Edges L&C in Women's Soccer Thriller

Heather Bowman - Assistant SID

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday afternoon the Whitworth women's soccer team fought the rain and cold as well as Lewis and Clark College for a 3-2 overtime victory at home.

In the first half Anisa Babar (Sr., D, Vancouver, Wash.) crossed the ball in front of the goal where Katrin Grant (Jr., F, Salem Ore.) came in to tap it into the Pioneer net for a 1-0 lead.

The middle of the second half is when the outcome began to look bleak for the Bucs (8-5-4, 8-3-4). At 60:02 there was a scramble outside of the penalty box which left three players on the ground. LC's Sarah Breninger streaked through the mess and shot the ball into the goal to tie the game.

The Pios (2-14-2, 1-12-1) took the lead when Raquel McNaff was left solo, atop the penalty box and fired the ball to the top left corner of the goal.

In the 71st minute Carly Schilperoort (Jr., D, Issaquah, Wash.) made a case for the Pirates when she powered the ball from the right side of the field. The ball whizzed through the air and ricocheted off the side bar into the net.

The Whit women had various opportunites late but each attempt was thwarted. Allie Smith (Sr., MF, Missoula, Mont.) shot a ball low into the keeper's hands while Kelsey Griswold (Jr., MF, San Diego, Calif.) had her chance with an outside shot that was also blocked. With the score at 2-2 the two teams prepared for overtime play.

In the first overtime it took a mere 48 seconds before Mackenzie Grow (Jr., MF, Spokane, Wash.) took the game into her own hands, or feet for that matter. Grow advanced the ball up the middle of the pitch and sailed a shot high towards the goal. The ball slowly descended down and skimmed both the sidebar and crossbar before making its way into the back of the net for the game winner. The goal would decide the match for a 3-2 Whitworth win.Overall the Pirates outshot LC by a margin of 15-3.

The victory was not the only cause for celebration because it was also Senior Day for five Pirate players. The Whitworth crowd bid farewell to Callie Bergstrom (Sr., GK, Spokane, Wash.), Allie Smith, Sarah Berentson (Sr., F, Burlington, Wash.), Anisa Babar and Cory Druffel (Sr., MF, Pullman, Wash.).

The Whit women have a shot at a top three NWC finish when they visit Willamette University on November 4th.