by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – Puget Sound pulled away from Whitworth with five straight goals in the second half to come away with a 15-8 win Sunday afternoon.
The Loggers jumped out of the gate with a flurry of goals to take a 4-0 lead fewer than three minutes into the game. Shay Clark ended the Puget Sound run with her first goal as a Pirate two minutes later, but the Loggers responded with two more goals.
Liah Gingerich cut the Logger lead back down to four and followed a Puget Sound goal with an assist on Frank's score with 13:58 left in the first half. Frank's goal cut the Whitworth deficit back down to 7-3.
After Hannah Bushing scored her first goal of the day for the Loggers, the Bucs responded with a pair of goals to pull within three. Meador fired in the first off an assist from Delynnia Woitt, who then scored her first goal of the day to make the score 8-5.
The Loggers closed the first half with two more goals to extend their lead to five, but the Bucs hung around a little bit longer, scoring the first goal of the half to cut the advantage to 10-6. The goal was Meador's second of the game.
Puget Sound pulled away after Meador's goal, scoring five times in a row to take a 15-6 lead. Despite the deficit, the Pirates refused to give up and held the Loggers scoreless over the final 12:06 while scoring two goals of their own. Frank netted the first and Kianna Fiorito added the second.
Caitlin Thomas finished with a new season-high and program record 14 saves, halting 48% of the Loggers' shots. On the other end of the field, Charlotte Donnelly saved eight Whitworth attempts.
The Pirates return to the Pine Bowl next week where they battle Willamette on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.