PORTLAND, Ore. – Sarah Breninger's first half goal lifted Lewis & Clark to a 1-0 win over visiting Whitworth in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates dropped to 10-6-2 overall and 10-2-2 (32 points) in the NWC, but still remain tied for first place in the conference standings after Linfield also lost on Sunday (2-1 at Pacific).
Breninger's goal came in the 35th minute after the Pioneers had been threatening the Whitworth net for an extended period. She headed in a cross from Natalie Levy.
The Pirates struggled to get their offense going in the slick, wet conditions at Griswold Stadium. L&C outshot Whitworth 19-5, including a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.
"Today we lost to a motivated and very good LC side," said Whitworth head coach Jael Hagerott. "Now we need to rebound and prepare for our game vs. Puget Sound."
Carly Schilperoort had two shot attempts on target with about seven minutes left, but both were stopped by Pioneer keeper Geena Fong.
Andrea Stump made six saves in goal for the Pirates, while Fong made four stops for L&C.
Whitworth retains control of its championship destiny. The Pirates and Linfield are tied atop the NWC standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Puget Sound (10-2-1, 31 points) is close behind. Whitworth will make up its match with UPS on Wednesday afternoon in Ellensburg, then finish the season by hosting Linfield next Saturday.