Final Week of NWC Matches Awaits Pirates

Final Week of NWC Matches Awaits Pirates

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – After a winless weekend in Tacoma, Whitworth women's soccer will look to bounce back this week against Whitman and Linfield.

The Pirates take on the Blues on Wednesday evening in Walla Walla. The match begins at 5:00 p.m. The team returns home for its duel with the Wildcats, which is scheduled to begin at noon.

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

The Pirates: Whitworth (11-6-1, 10-3-1 NWC) enters the week having lost consecutive matches for the first time since September 2nd. The Pirates fell 2-1 to Puget Sound on Saturday before dropping their Sunday match 2-0 to Pacific Lutheran.

Kathryn Bischoff scored Whitworth's lone goal over the weekend, knocking in a penalty kick against the Loggers. The Pirates were held to just one shot on goal by the Lutes.

Home Sweet Home: During second-year head coach Bryan Olson's tenure at Whitworth, the Pirates are 14-2-1 playing on the Whitworth Soccer Field. In 2016, Whitworth finished 7-1 at home, and the Pirates are 7-1-1 in Spokane this season.

Getting Defensive: The Pirates have shut out opponents in over a third of their matches this season. Their seven shutouts are the third most in the Northwest Conference.

Super Striker: Leah Corra already eclipsed her goal total from last season, scoring eight times this year. Her eight goals are good enough for third in the NWC. 

Magnificent Molly: In her first year as a Pirate, goalkeeper Molly Webster is establishing herself as one of the best keepers in the NWC. The junior is fourth in the conference in total goals against (11), and fifth in goals against average (.98).

The Blues: Whitman (2-15-1, 2-11-1 NWC) comes in to the weekend on a three-match losing streak. Last weekend, the Blues fell 4-1 to Pacific Lutheran and dropped the next match 2-0 to Puget Sound.

Whitman features a balanced scoring attack as 11 Blues have scored this season. Renee van Bergeijk leads the team with three goals. Goalkeeper Allie Seracuse is second in the NWC in total saves with 83. 

In the last Battle of the Whits, the Pirates emerged victorious. Michele Whan scored Whitworth's lone goal as the Pirates gutted out a 1-0 win.

The Wildcats: Linfield (8-8-2, 6-6-2 NWC) enters the weekend tied for fifth in the Northwest Conference. The Wildcats secured points in all of their last three matches with a tie against Pacific (Ore.) and wins over Lewis & Clark and George Fox. 

The Wildcats count on Sydney Kuehn and Emma Smith to pepper opposing goalkeepers with shots for all 90 minutes. The pair are tied for fourth in the NWC in total shots and have combined for six goals this season. Madi Reimer is third in the conference in goals against average (.78) and fourth in save percentage (.813).

In the last matchup between the two teams, Whitworth used a run of three goals in 45 minutes to defeat Linfield 3-2. Bischoff, McKenzie Hemp, and Kelly Wucherer scored for the Pirates.