SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth women's soccer team will host the final two home games of the season this weekend against Willamette (Saturday) and Lewis & Clark (Sunday). Both matches will kick off at 11:00 am as the opening games of women's-men's doubleheaders.
The Pirates are 6-7-4 overall and 3-6-4 in the NWC after tying Pacific (Ore.) and falling in double overtime to NWC-leading Linfield.
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Time change: Because of the switch back to Standard Time this weekend, both of the matches will begin at 11:00 am.
The Pirates: Whitworth played well at Pacific last Friday night, controlling much of the possession and outshooting the Boxers 11-7. But the Pirates were unable to find the net and settled for a 0-0 tie, their third such score of the season. Andrea Stump made four saves to post her sixth shutout of the year.
On Sunday afternoon Whitworth took first-place Linfield to double overtime before falling by a score of 3-2. Molly Smith scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute to tie the match 1-1. Then Jami Hegg's third goal of the year gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead early in the second half. But the high-powered Wildcats were able to tie the game five minutes after Hegg's goal and then win it in the 107th minute. Stump was outstanding again, making 14 saves in the contest.
Wearing the Crown: Tiara Pajimola has picked up this season where she finished in 2012 - as the Pirates' leading scorer. She has seven of the team's 14 goals in 2013, which currently ranks fifth in the NWC for individual goals scored. Three of her goals have been match-winners.
The Bug Bites: The injury bug has bitten the Whitworth women's soccer team particularly hard this season. Five players have been lost for the season due to injuries: Lindsey Foster (knee), Sarah Mickelsen (knee), Polly Blakely (foot), Dallas Nelson (foot) and Emma Whitaker (groin). Three other Pirates are currently out and their status for the rest of the season is unclear: Lacee Scott, Rachel Jones (knee) and Ashley Rothrock (concussion). With the added element of illness over the weekend, Whitworth only had 14 players available for last weekend's play.
Senior Recognition: The five Pirate seniors will be recognized at halftime of Sunday's match against Lewis & Clark. Amber Craig, Jami Hegg, Abbie Moseley, Amy Sterk, and Kristin Wucherer will be suiting up for their final home game.
The Opponents: Willamette University is 4-10-2 overall and 2-8-2 in the NWC heading into Saturday's match. The Bearcats had only one game last weekend, a 3-0 loss at Puget Sound on Saturday. They had been 2-0-2 in their previous four matches. Sarah Desautels leads her squad with four goals and two assists. Whitworth played at Willamette on September 22nd and came away with a 1-0 victory after Tiara Pajimola scored the match's only goal.
Lewis & Clark is 9-6-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the NWC heading into a Saturday match at Whitman. The Pioneers also played only once last weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision in double overtime at Pacific Lutheran. Sophomores Anna Thorndike (8 goals) and Emily Thompson (6 goals, 1 assist) lead L&C offensively this fall. Whitworth played to a 1-1 tie at Lewis & Clark on September 21st. Tiara Pajimola scored for Whitworth in the first half while Thorndike tallied the Pioneers' goal in the second period.
The Coach: Jael Hagerott, one of the greatest players in Whitworth history, was promoted to head coach in 2011 and has an overall record of 18-14-6 in her first two seasons leading the Pirates. Her record is 18-8-6 against NWC opponents. She is Whitworth's all-time leader in career assists. She was the NWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 and an NSCAA Third Team All-American in 2007.
Coming Up: The Pirates will finish the season with a single game at George Fox on November 9th.