Pirate Women to Close Season in Oregon

Pirate Women to Close Season in Oregon

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – After picking up a pair of wins on senior weekend, the Whitworth Pirates close out their season on the road this weekend against George Fox and Lewis & Clark.

Whitworth opens its weekend against George Fox on Saturday, Nov. 3 and closes the season the following day against Lewis & Clark. Both matches begin at 12:00 p.m.

Video and live statistics links will be available on the Whitworth women's soccer schedule. 

The Pirates: Whitworth (11-4-3, 9-3-2 NWC) celebrated its senior weekend with 2-0 wins over Willamette and Linfield. The Pirates opened the weekend by taking down the Bearcats to move up to third in the Northwest Conference. Arielle Van Peursem opened the scoring by knocking in a low goal off a header from Brixiada Mendoza, and Coby Yoshimura secured the win by floating the Bucs' second goal well over the head of the goalkeeper. On the other end of the field, Molly Webster made six saves to earn a shutout 

Yoshimura and Van Peursem struck again against Linfield, but in reverse order. Yoshimura kicked off the scoring with a header that trickled through the defense and into the net before Van Peursem rocketed a goal in from a difficult angle. Webster held the Wildcats scoreless to give the Bucs a win on senior day. 

Magnificent Molly: Since she transferred to Whitworth Molly Webster has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Northwest Conference. The senior is third in the NWC in saves (73) and save percentage (.830) and sits in fifth in goals against average (0.85). 

Clutch Coby: Senior forward Coby Yoshimura has been nothing but clutch for the Pirates. Yoshimura is tied for first in the Northwest Conference with four match-winning goals this season. The senior scored go-ahead goals against Carroll (Mont.) and Whitman and both matches against Linfield.

Working Overtime: The Pirates put in plenty of extra work early in their season. Four of Whitworth's first six matches needed overtime, and the Bucs went 2-0-2 in those contests. Whitworth remains undefeated (2-0-3) in overtime after its tie with Lewis & Clark last time the two teams played. 

Home Sweet Home: During third-year head coach Bryan Olson's tenure at Whitworth, the Pirates are 20-4-2 playing on the Whitworth Soccer Field. After their wins last weekend, the Bucs are 5-2-1 at home in 2018 after a combined record of 15-2-1 the two years prior. 

The Bruins: George Fox (5-9-2, 3-9-2 NWC) enters the weekend having won two of its last three matches, owning wins over Lewis & Clark and Willamette during that stretch. Last week, the Bruins defeated the Pios and fell to NWC-leading Puget Sound, both with a 2-0 score line. Their wins last weekend put the Bruins just two points out of sixth place in the NWC, which is currently held by Whitman. Savannah Moisan powers the George Fox offense with a team-leading five goals and Annalisa Klein defends the net with a 1.25 goals against average. A trio of freshman led Whitworth to a 2-1 win over George Fox last time the two teams played. Brixiada Mendoza headed in a pass from Gabriella Coprivnicar and Kalyn Gill scored unassisted in the win.

The Pioneers: Lewis & Clark (3-13-2, 1-12-2 NWC) enters the weekend having lost its last six matches. The Pios struggled to score during conference play, totaling just three goals against NWC opponents. Lewis & Clark is also one of just three teams in the NWC that has allowed more than 20 goals. Anna Saucedo is the Pios' top offensive threat, having scored three goals with three assists on the year. Megan Sawyer is the Pioneer netminder and owns a .1.56 goals against average with a .763 save percentage. Sawyer held Whitworth scoreless last time the two teams played, resulting in a 0-0 tie.

The Coach: Bryan Olson was named the head coach for the Pirate women's soccer team in February of 2016 and enters his third year leading the Bucs in the fall of 2018.  In his two seasons at the helm, Whitworth has a 22-16-2 overall record and a 20-10-2 mark in the Northwest Conference. 

Olson was the top assistant coach for the Whitworth men's soccer team for six seasons prior to leading the women's team.  His title was elevated to Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2015 season. Over that time the Pirate men's team posted a record of 66-17-12 and made the NCAA Division III Tournament three times (2012, 2014 and 2015).