Women's Soccer Falls to Loggers 2-1

Women's Soccer Falls to Loggers 2-1

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

TACOMA, Wash. – Jamie Lange's seven saves led the Puget Sound Loggers to a 2-1 victory over the Whitworth Pirates on Saturday afternoon. 

The Pirates drop to 11-5-1 overall and 10-2-1 in Northwest Conference play. The Loggers bounce to 11-3-3 and 9-2-2 in the NWC. 

Whitworth nearly struck first, but Lange saved Ivahnna Espinoza's shot in the 6th minute before Arielle Van Peursem's 22nd minute shot caught iron instead of netting.  

Instead, Tayla MacPherson opened the scoring for Puget Sound when her shot from the top of the 18-yard box found the back of the net. The 27th minute goal gave the Loggers a 1-0 lead.

Kathryn Bischoff responded in the 43rd minute. The senior midfielder booted home a penalty kick to equalize the match at one before halftime.

The Loggers scored their match-winning goal just after the break. Lura Morton headed in a corner kick from Tess Peppis and gave Puget Sound a 2-1 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Bischoff's goal would be Whitworth's only score of the match despite the Pirates maintaining advantages in both shots and shots on goal for the whole match. Whitworth finished with an 11-9 edge in shots and 8-7 lead in shots on goal. 

Lange finished the match with seven saves to Molly Webster's five. The Loggers took nine corner kicks, while Whitworth sent in five. Neither team received a card, and the two squads combined for just eight fouls.

Up next, the Pirates head to Parkland to take on Pacific Lutheran. A Whitworth win would ensure that the Pirates control their destiny heading into the final week of NWC play, while a loss means that Whitworth needs a Lute loss in the last week to win the Northwest Conference. The match begins at noon.