Pirates Return Home to Battle Bruins, Boxers

Pirates Return Home to Battle Bruins, Boxers

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – After consecutive weekends away, Whitworth women's soccer returns home this weekend to take on George Fox and Pacific (Ore.).

The Pirates open the weekend against the Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 21 before taking on the Boxers on Sunday, Oct. 22. Both matches are scheduled to begin at noon.

The Whitworth women's soccer schedule has live links for both matches this weekend.

The Pirates: Whitworth (9-4-1, 8-1-1 NWC) comes into the weekend in second place in the Northwest Conference. The Pirates lost for the first time in NWC play last weekend against Willamette, but bounced back with a resounding 5-1 win over Lewis & Clark.

Five Pirates scored Sunday's win over the Pioneers. Coby Yoshimura and Ivahanna Espinoza scored the inaugural goals of their Whitworth careers while Courtney Potter, McKenzie Hemp, and Leah Corra all added to their career totals. Potter's goal was her first of the 2017 season. 

Home Sweet Home: During second-year head coach Bryan Olson's tenure at Whitworth, the Pirates are 12-2-1 playing on the Whitworth Soccer Field. In 2016, Whitworth finished 7-1 at home, and the Pirates are 5-1-1 in Spokane this season.

Getting Defensive: The Pirates have shut out opponents in nearly half of their matches this season. Their five shutouts are the second most in the Northwest Conference.

Super Striker: Leah Corra already eclipsed her goal total from last season, scoring six times this year. The senior is fourth on the NWC goals leaderboard and picked up her second assist against Lewis & Clark. 

The Bruins: George Fox (6-5-2, 4-4-2 NWC) comes into its match with Whitworth having won two of its last three matches. The Bruins dispatched of Willamette and Pacific (Ore.) 2-0 and 3-0 respectively, but lost most recently to Puget Sound 1-0.

Emma Logan and Chloe Shumaker lead George Fox in scoring with three goals apiece. At the back, Kelsey Kammerzell is among the conference's top goalkeepers, sitting in fifth in goals against average (1.09) and save percentage (.782).

When the Pirates and Bruins squared off earlier this season, Whitworth came away with a 1-0 victory. Kathryn Bischoff scored the Pirates lone goal on a free kick.

The Boxers: Pacific (Ore.) (0-12-2, 0-9-1) is still searching for its first win of the season. The Boxers enter the weekend with a seven match losing streak after losses last week to Pacific Lutheran and George Fox.

The Boxers are led up front by midfielder Kayla Mizo and forward Emily Thompson, who have both scored two goals this season. Saya Brown, the Boxers' goalkeeper, owns third place in the Northwest Conference with 54 total saves.

Last time the two teams played, Sienna Tanner shut out the Boxers and Leah Corra scored Whitworth's only goal in the 52nd minute to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory.

Looking Ahead: After taking on the Bruins and Boxers, Whitworth heads to the west side of Washington for a pair of showdowns against fellow top-three teams Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.