Pirates Draw With Blues in Final Road Test

Pirates Draw With Blues in Final Road Test

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates final road match of the 2017 season finished in a 0-0 draw against the Whitman Blues on Wednesday evening.

The Pirates move to 11-6-2 overall and 10-3-2 in the Northwest Conference. Whitman is now 2-15-2 overall and 2-11-2 in NWC play.

Attacking players from both sides kept goalkeepers busy for the first 30 minutes of the match. Kathryn Bischoff, McKenzie Hemp, and Michele Whan all put Whitworth shots on frame, but all three were saved by Bryanna Schreiber to keep the match scoreless. Whitman's Chelsea Day loosed pair of strikes as well and Sienna Tanner saved both for Whitworth. 

After a slower end to the first half, the offenses picked back up in the early moments of the second period. Leah Corra nearly booted home her ninth goal of the year, but a defender saved it in the 48th minute. Diana DeWald fired away as well and Schreiber made a 51st minute save. 

The Pirates controlled the majority of the second half, taking nine shots to Whitman's six and keeping the ball for most of the period. However, Whitworth couldn't find the back of the net and the teams headed to overtime.

Whitworth took the only three shots of overtime, but Bischoff and Hemp missed wide and Schreiber grabbed Corra's 100th minute strike.

In the second overtime, Whitman's offense came back to life and Jenna Rogers kept the Blues scoreless. The Pirates nearly booted in a match-winner in the 108th minute, but Ivahnna Espinoza's shot met the crossbar.

In the end, the Pirates finished with 20 shots to the Blues 12 and 11 shots on goal to Whitman's five. The Blues saved all 11 shots; ten by Schreiber with one team save. Whitworth's three goalkeepers, Tanner, Rogers, and Molly Webster, combined for five saves. 

Next up, the Pirates return home for their final home match of the season when they take on Linfield at noon on the Whitworth Soccer Field. The Pirates will recognize their seniors during a ceremony at the match.