First Place Pirates Ready for Whitman, Linfield

First Place Pirates Ready for Whitman, Linfield

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash – After a hard-fought win and tie against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound, Whitworth women's soccer remains undefeated in Northwest Conference play. They'll look to continue their winning ways this week against Whitman and Linfield. 

The Blues travel to Spokane on Wednesday to take on the Pirates at 4:00 p.m. Then, Whitworth heads to Linfield to battle the Wildcats on Saturday at Noon. 

The Whitworth women's soccer schedule has live links for both matches this weekend.

The Pirates: Whitworth (6-3-1, 5-0-1 NWC) enters the week in the driver's seat of the Northwest Conference after defeating Pacific Lutheran on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Leah Corra opened and closed the scoring for the Pirates this weekend, as she scored the opener against Puget Sound and the only goal of the match against the Lutes. Kelly Wucherer also scored against the Loggers.

Coming in to the weekend, Whitworth has the second best goals against average (0.48 GAA) in the NWC since the start of conference play. Molly Webster and Sienna Tanner, with the help of a crew of defenders, have shut out four of Whitworth's last five opponents. 

Home Sweet Home: During second-year head coach Bryan Olson's tenure at Whitworth, the Pirates are 11-2-1 playing on the Whitworth Soccer Field. In 2016, Whitworth finished 7-1 at home, and the Pirates are 4-1-1 in Spokane this season. 

Getting Defensive: The Pirates have shut out opponents in half of their matches this season. Their five shutouts are the second most in the Northwest Conference, and Whitworth's shutout percentage (.500) ranks 62nd-best nationally. 

Leave it to Leah: With her two goals last weekend, Leah Corra jumped into a tie for first in the Northwest Conference in goals and a tie for second in points. She also ties for second with teammate Kathryn Bischoff, among others, in match-winners. 

The Blues: Whitman (1-8-1, 1-4-1 NWC) comes in to the week with a three-match losing streak after dropping both matches to the Tacoma-area schools last weekend.

Renee Van Bergeijk leads the Whitman attack with three goals and a perfect shot on goal percentage. Allie Seracuse, the Blues' goalkeeper, is second in the Northwest Conference with 48 saves this season.

Last year, Whitworth won both matches against Whitman. The Pirates won 2-1 in Spokane and 1-0 (OT) in Walla Walla. Arielle Van Peursem, Corra, and Courtney Potter scored Whitworth's goals against Whitman. 

The Wildcats: Linfield (5-4-1, 3-2-1 NWC) sits in a tie for fourth with Puget Sound in the Northwest Conference. Last weekend, the Wildcats defeated Pacific (Ore.) 2-0 and tied 1-1 with George Fox.

In the attacking third, Emma Smith and Taylor Cole peppered goalkeepers with 25 shots on goal this season and scored five times. Sarah Bailey patrols the net for the Wildcats and saved 41 shots coming in to this week. 

Last season, the Pirates and Wildcats tied for third in the Northwest Conference standings. Whitworth defeated Linfield 2-1 at home and fell 1-0 on the road.

Looking Ahead: After taking on the Blues and Wildcats, Whitworth travels to Oregon again to battle Willamette and Lewis & Clark. The Pirates play the Bearcats on Saturday, Oct. 14 and duel with the Pioneers Sunday, Oct. 15.