by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A pair of incredible saves in overtime from Isabelle Arends preserved a scoreless tie in Saturday afternoon's match between the Whitworth Pirates and College of Idaho Yotes.
Whitworth (1-1-1) outshot C of I (2-0-1) 18-9 and finished the match with four more shots on goal than the Yotes. Arends saved three C of I shots after relieving Molly Webster in the second half.
The two teams had several opportunities in the second half and overtime to come away with a win, but neither was able to find the back of the net.
The Yotes put two shots on goal early in the second half, but both were from outside the penalty area and Arends grabbed them easily.
After C of I controlled the half's first ten minutes, Whitworth maintained possession for much of the next ten. Sydney Weiler contributed the Bucs lone shot on goal during that time, which was saved off a free kick.
Annie Clark nearly broke the 0-0 deadlock in 82nd minute when she fired a shot away from just outside the box, but the ball sailed inches above the crossbar to leave the match scoreless.
Neither team could muster a true chance after Clark's shot, sending the match into extra time.
The Yotes tested Arends early in the extra period, sending a rocket in from just outside the penalty area. The freshman keeper passed the test, laying out to keep the match scoreless. Arends passed another test in the second overtime when she leapt high to stop another would-be goal from the Yotes.
For its part, Whitworth was able to put one shot on goal during the overtime period, and its best chance came on a shot from Jadyn Baumgartner that just escaped the top crossbar in the 95th minute.
Whitworth's next match will be its final non-conference contest of the regular season. The Bucs take on Carroll College (Mont.), which defeated Whitman in double overtime on Saturday, on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.