November 2, 2011

Whitworth Women to Play for Third Place at Willamette

Heather Bowman - Assistant SID

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Whitworth women's soccer squad will match up against Willamette University this Friday at noon in Salem, Ore.

Saturday afternoon Linfield College visited the Whitworth pitch and proved to be too much for the Pirates (8-5-4, 8-3-4). The Wildcats shot the ball 19 times to Whitworth's six. Callie Bergstrom (Sr., GK, Spokane, Wash.) made scoring difficult for Linfield with 12 saves throught the match.

The game was decided when Linfield advanced the ball up to the Pirate net at 22:36 and Anna Sours crossed it to Mackenzie Doty from two yards out. Doty put it low past Bergstrom for the only goal on Saturday for a 1-0 Wildcat victory. With the loss the Pirates are out of contention for a first place finish.

Sunday afternoon the Whitworth team sent out their seniors in style with an exciting overtime game. Katrin Grant (Jr., F, Salem, Ore.) opened up the scoring in the 36th minute with an assist from Anisa Babar (Sr., D, Vancouver, Wash.). Babar sent the ball low across the ground and Grant came in to tap it in for a 1-0 lead.

Lewis and Clark came alive in the second half. Raquel Mcneff was left alone outside the penalty box in the 53rd minute and was able to send the ball high into Whitworth's net to tie up the match.

In the 61st minute there was a scramble outside the Whitworth penalty box which left three players on the ground. Amidst the pile up, Sarah Breninger recovered the loose ball and shot it from the right side over Bergstrom's head to make it a 2-1 Pioneer lead.

Carly Schilperoort (Jr., D, Issaquah, Wash.) came up big for the Bucs when she fired the ball from the right side of the field into the opposite sidebar at 70:29. The ball bounced into the net to tie the game 2-2.

The Pirates had not been able to score in overtime yet this year but it took Mackenzie Grow (Jr., MF, Spokane, Wash.) 48 seconds to break that cycle. Grow dribbled up the center of the pitch and shot over the goalie's head. The ball skimmed off the sidebar and the crossbar before ending up in the back of the net. Grow's goal finished the Pioneers and Whitworth left victorious with a 3-2 win.

The Pirates: Mackenzie Grow is the Pirates' leading scorer for the year with four, including her game-winner on Sunday afternoon. Sarah Berentson (Sr., F, Burlington, Wash.), Chloe Cook (Jr., MF, Seattle, Wash.) and Chelsea Schooler (Jr., MF, Boulder, Colo.) have all posted three for a balanced scoring attack.

Callie Bergstrom made 12 saves this past weekend, all in the Bucs' loss to Linfield College on Saturday. In the NWC Bergstrom is ranked sixth for a goals-against average of 1.01 and second in saves with 77 in 2011.

Opponents: Willamette University (10-7-1, 9-4-1) is currently tied for third with Whitworth in the NWC and Whitworth could cinch a third place finish with a win. This past weekend Willamette beat George Fox three goals two one but dropped Sunday's match 2-1 against Pacific (Ore.). Stephanie Skelly scored twice over the weekend and is the NWC's scoring leader with 15.

On October 9th the Whit women beat Willamette 3-1 at home.

The Coach: Jael Hagerott, one of the most decorated players in Whitworth history, takes over as the Pirates' head coach this season after serving the last three seasons as an assistant coach. Hagerott was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American who finished her Pirate years as Whitworth's all-time leader in assists with 30, and as one of the all-time goal scorers in Pirate history (also 30), despite an injury-plagued career. A 2007 NSCAA Third Team All-American, she was a four-time First Team All-Northwest Conference honoree and was voted as the NWC's Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2003.

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