Pirates Sail Past Wildcats with 3-2 Victory

Pirates Sail Past Wildcats with 3-2 Victory

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Whitworth women's soccer finished an undefeated first half with a 3-2 victory over the Linfield Wildcats.

The win moved the Pirates to 7-0-1 in the Northwest Conference and 8-3-1 overall. Linfield dropped to 3-3-1 in conference and 5-5-1 overall.

"Today's match provided us with lots of opportunities to learn and grow," head coach Bryan Olson said. "We're excited to move forward into the second half of the conference season."

The match got off to an ominous start when the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the 5th minute. Sydney Kuehn lobbed a 25-yard shot over the head of Molly Webster, giving Linfield the momentum early.

McKenzie Hemp regained the momentum for the Pirates. The senior booted an equalizer past Sarah Bailey to tie the match at one.

After Hemp's goal, Kathryn Bischoff kept the momentum in Whitworth's corner. Bischoff nailed her third free-kick of the season to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead they would take into halftime. 

The score reflected Whitworth's aggressiveness during the first half. After Linfield's goal, the Pirates took the next five shots on goal and maintained a healthy lead in both shots (12-2) entering halftime. 

The second half would be played to a scoring draw, but Whitworth maintained control for the majority of it, as evidenced by a 12-5 lead in shots and 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Pirates had full control on the scoreboard after the 59th minute. Kelly Wucherer took a pass from Leah Corra and put Whitworth ahead 3-1.

The goal was Wucherer's second of the season and the assist was Corra's first.

Wucherer's goal would be crucial after Linfield put up another goal in the 72nd minute, but the Pirates held on to keep their undefeated start to NWC play.

"We saw great work from our entire group this weekend," Olson said. "Our response after going down a goal in the first five minutes of the match was outstanding."

Whitworth totaled up a 24-7 advantage in total shots and 12-3 difference in shots on goal. The Pirates took five corner kicks to Linfield's one.

Whitworth goalkeeper Molly Webster finished with one save. Linfield's Sarah Bailey saved seven Pirate shots on goal.

Next weekend, the Pirates travel back to Oregon to begin the second half of the season. Whitworth battles Willamette Saturday, Oct. 14 and takes on Lewis & Clark Sunday, Oct. 15