Pirates Duel to 2-2 Draw with Loggers

Pirates Duel to 2-2 Draw with Loggers

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth women's soccer remained undefeated after a 2-2 tie against the Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday afternoon.

The tie sent the Pirates to 5-3-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Northwest Conference. It also dropped Whitworth to second place with 13 points. The Loggers moved to 4-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference, which places them in a tie for fourth with Willamette.

Whitworth kicked off the scoring in the 26th minute. Leah Corra took advantage of miscommunication to steal the ball from a Logger defender and sent it to the back of the net to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. 

The Loggers bounced back to tie the match in the second half. Genevieve Cheatham took a pass from Tayla Macpherson before equalizing in the 48th minute for Puget Sound.

In addition to tying up the match, Cheatham's goal ended Whitworth's shutout streak at three matches. 

After Puget Sound's equalizer, Whitworth would take a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute on an unassisted goal by Kelly Wucherer. Wucherer's shot, taken about 20 yards from the goal, arced through the air in slow-motion before dropping behind the Puget Sound defense to return the lead to the Pirates.

Unfortunately for Whitworth, the Loggers tied up the match at nearly the last possible second when Lura Morton sent in a cross to score Puget Sound's second equalizer of the match. 

Both teams battled in overtime, but neither could sneak a shot past opposing goalkeepers, leaving the math tied after 110 minutes.

Whitworth keeper Sienna Tanner finished with four saves, as did Puget Sound's Jamie Lange. The two keepers finished with identical statistics, facing six shots on goal each and allowing two goals.

Puget Sound lead Whitworth in total shots 12-10. The Loggers finished with seven corner kicks compared to the Pirates' four. Neither team received a card as the squads combined for just seven fouls.

Up next, the Pirates remain at home to take on conference-leading Pacific Lutheran on Sunday at Noon. A win would propel the Pirates past the Lutes and back to the top of the Northwest Conference standings, where they were tied with the Lutes before Saturday's tie.