by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
PARKLAND, Wash. – Two first half goals doomed the Whitworth Pirates as they fell 2-0 to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates fall to 11-6-1 overall and 10-3-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Lutes move to 15-3 overall and 12-2 in NWC play.
The win ensures that Pacific Lutheran controls its own destiny en route to a Northwest Conference championship. If the Lutes win their last two matches, they will be conference champions. The loss drops Whitworth to third in the NWC.
The Lutes scored the opening goal in the 10th minute when Machaela Graddy found Kaylie Rozell to give Pacific Lutheran a 1-0 lead. The assist was Graddy's eighth of the season, which leads the league, and the goal was Rozell's second.
Pacific Lutheran followed the opener with a second score in the 27th minute. Graddy took it upon herself to score her tenth goal of the season, giving the Lutes a 2-0 lead, which was insurmountable with Pacific Lutheran's conference-leading defense.
The same defense held the Pirates to just one shot on goal for the entire match and no shots in the second half. Michele Whan took Whitworth's lone shot on goal.
In contrast, the Lutes took 11 shots over the course of 90 minutes, six of which were on goal. Molly Webster, Whitworth's goalkeeper in the first half, saved one shot before being taken out for Sienna Tanner, who saved three.
The two teams combined for seven corner kicks and 14 fouls. The Pirates took three corners and earned whistles six times, while the Lutes took four corner kicks and fouled eight times.
Up next, the Pirates take on the Whitman Blues. The road match takes place in Walla Walla and is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Then, Whitworth returns home to take on Linfield and celebrate the team's seniors. That match kicks off at noon.