by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates took twenty-one more shots than the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, but settled for a 0-0 draw in Sunday afternoon's Northwest Conference women's soccer match.
The tie was the Pirates' (7-2-3, 5-1-2 NWC) third of the year and the second in NWC play. The Pios (3-7-2, 1-6-1) earned a result despite managing just two shots on goal.
The Pirates controlled the ball for much of the match's first fifteen minutes, nearly scoring when Arielle Van Peursem found Coby Yoshimura inside the penalty area. The shot sailed high however, leaving the match scoreless.
Thanks to Prager's four saves and the defensive work of Mali Peterson-Wood, the Pirates and Pios entered halftime in a scoreless tie.
After the break, Whitworth put together several scoring chances, but their shots often couldn't find the target. The Bucs took twelve shots in the second half, but only two forced Prager to make a save. Whitworth did succeed in maintaining much of the possession, making the Pio defenders work for much of the half.
The Pirates nearly were able to score at the end of regulation when Coby Yoshimura sent a last-second cross into a crowd of offensive players. After pinballing around the box, Lewis & Clark cleared the ball to send the match into overtime.
Whitworth created several chances in the extra period, but couldn't come away with a goal. Their best opportunity came a shot from Mendoza that was blocked at the top of the 18-yard box.
Up next, the Pirates carry their three-match unbeaten streak into a big weekend against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. The Bucs open the weekend against the Lutes on Saturday, Oct. 13.