by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Five players scored on Sunday afternoon as the Whitworth Pirates routed the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers 5-2 on the road.
Four of Whitworth's (9-4-3, 7-3-2 NWC) goals came in the second half of the match after the Bucs entered halftime with just a 1-0 lead. Both of the Boxers' (2-13-1-2-9-1 NWC) goals came after the break as well.
The match began inauspiciously for the Bucs, as Emily Thompson sprung free from the Whitworth defense 25 seconds into the match and launched a shot towards goal. Fortunately for the Pirates, the shot sailed high, and so did the one Thompson took two minutes later. Whitworth buckled down for the half's remaining 42 minutes, allowing just two more shots in the half.
Arielle Van Peursem got the Bucs on the scoreboard in the 20th minute. The senior took the ball at midfield and blazed past the Boxer defense, including goalkeeper Saya Brown, for a tap-in goal.
After Van Peursem kick-started the offense, the Bucs couldn't be stopped in the second half. Gabriella Coprivincar put the Pirates up 2-0 with her first collegiate goal. The freshman took the ball up the far side of the field before dribbling into the 18-yard box and sliding a shot inside the near post.
A 71st minute goal from Gabby Glaser cut the Whitworth lead to 2-1, but Brixiada Mendoza extended the lead back out to two just five minutes later. The freshman tapped in a rebound from Coby Yoshimura's shot to move the lead out to 3-1.
Kelly Wucherer continued the scoring barrage in the 78th minute. The senior took a ground cross from Rachel Wofford in the middle of the box before booting her second goal of the year inside the far post.
Exactly two minutes after picking up her first assist of the year, Wofford scored her third goal. The senior sprung free from the defense and received a long pass from Lauren Richardson before slotting a goal inside the far post.
Whitworth will look to continue its two-match winning streak when it returns home Saturday, Oct. 27 to take on Willamette.