Pirate Women Win Season Opener in OT

Pirate Women Win Season Opener in OT

by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. --   The Whitworth women's soccer team grinded out a 1-0 overtime win over visiting Hamline (Minn.) in both teams' season-openers.

The match-winner came off a free kick from Brixiada Mendoza that was redirected into the net by Jadyn Baumgartner in the 95th minute.

The Pirates were in control for a majority of the match, outshooting the Pipers 22-5.

Isabelle Arends and Kaycie Priske split time in goal. It was a quiet match for them as they finished the shutout with a combined three saves.

Mendoza created the first chance for the Pirates as her shot in the 2nd minute just sailed high. Annie Clark had two shots on goal in the first half that were reeled in by goalkeeper Lauren Sicora.

Whitworth put a lot of pressure on Sicora, who recorded 14 saves on the match.

Wofford almost put the Pirates up in the second half, but an offsides call reversed her goal.

The Pipers threatened at the end of the second half with a shot by Hannah Schatz, but Priske stepped in front to record her first save as a Pirate.

The Pirates had a final chance to seal the match in regulation on a shot by Wofford in the 89th minute, but Sicora made the save.

The Bucs had an opportunity at the beginning of overtime as freshman Emma Foulk attempted to put in the match-winner. Foulk's shot was followed up with a free kick from Mendoza that was perfectly placed to Baumgartner to end the game.

Whitworth University also hosted a match between Whitman and North Central (Ill.) to start off the day.

North Central dominated possession for most of the match in their 3-0 win over the Blues. All three Cardinal goals came in the first half.

Aly Crum was the first goal scorer putting in a short pass from Bri McAloon into the back of the net. Kily Egan sent a cross to Kaitlyn Cannon for a wide-open shot to take a 2-0 lead. Kylie Tucker sent a free kick right to the goal line where Egan was able to send a header right to Ava Walls who tapped in the Cardinal's third goal.

The Cardinals outshot the Blues 19-5 on the match.

Two more matches are scheduled for Saturday to finish up the Whitworth Fall Classic. Whitworth takes on North Central at noon. Whitman plays Hamline at 2:30 pm.