by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates struggled to maintain possession of the ball Sunday afternoon and fell 1-0 to the Puget Sound Loggers.
The loss finished off a disappointing weekend for the Pirates (7-4-3, 5-3-2 NWC) after they failed to score against either Pacific Lutheran or Puget Sound (8-4-2, 7-1-2 NWC).
The Loggers got their lone goal of the match off the foot of Tayla Macpherson, who booted a 69th minute shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal. Macpherson picked up the ball after a chaotic moment and had no trouble getting the ball past Molly Webster, who appeared to be screened out of the play and couldn't see the ball.
Macpherson's goal followed a first half in which both teams struggled to hold on to the ball. After the first 35 minutes of play, both teams had just one shot on goal and neither had earned a corner kick. The Loggers received the first corner of the match in the 37th minute.
Both teams created more scoring changes in the second half. Webster barely kept the match scoreless in the 60th minute when she made a highlight-reel save, punching Lura Morton's shot over the crossbar.
Whitworth's best opportunity to even the score came in the 75th minute, but Amanda Gerard's shot was stopped by Logger goalkeeper Jamie Lange.
Lange finished the day with four saves to earn the shutout. Webster finished with three for the Pirates. The Loggers finished the day leads in shots (12-8) and corner kicks (6-1). Both teams totaled four shots on goal.
Whitworth will have an opportunity to bounce back Wednesday, Oct. 17 when they travel to Walla Walla, Wash. to take on Whitman.