Pirates Open Home Season with Win

Pirates Open Home Season with Win

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's soccer used a dominant first half to get the only goal they would need and held on in the second half to defeat the Corban University Warriors 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. 

The Pirates (1-2) controlled possession for the majority of the first half as they created scoring chances for defenders and forwards alike. The consistent possession propelled Whitworth to its first goal.

After dispossessing the Corban in Whitworth's defensive third, the Pirates made several patient passes to maintain possession. Then, Rachel Wofford found space on the right side of the field to drive goal wards and cross to Annie Clark. Clark, for her part, found space at the top of the box and fired a shot past Corban goalkeeper Sheyenne Brusven.

The second half took on a different theme. The Warriors pushed Pirate defenders to play faster and forced several mistakes on Whitworth's side of the field. Corban then turned those mistakes into nine shots, four on goal. 

Fortunately for Whitworth, Sienna Tanner played an excellent second half. The senior finished the match with four saves in relief of starter Molly Webster, who saved the only shot on goal she faced in the first half. 

Corban finished the match with a 12-9 advantages in shots, but Whitworth had six shots on goal to the Warriors' five. The Pirates forced four corner kicks while the Warriors finished with seven. 

Game 2: Carroll College 3, Whitman College 0

In the second game of the tournament, Carroll College peppered Whitman goal keeper Bryanna Schreiber with 17 shots on their way to a 3-0 victory.

Offensively, the Saints put their foot on the gas in the 20th minute and didn't let up until the final whistle. Brynn Walker scored Carroll's first goal in the 34th minute on an assist from Makayla Welch, and Taryn Neameyer capitalized on post-corner kick chaos in the penalty box to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Jessica Becker picked up the assist on Neameyer's goal.

From there, the Saints simply needed to secure the win and didn't let up offensively to do so. Carroll took 11 shots in the second half to Whitman's four, and forced an own-goal from the Blues in the 88th minute.

Schreiber finished the match with eight saves on ten shots on goal. In total, Carroll, ended the match with a 17-6 advantage in shots and a 11-2 edge in shots on goal.

Up Next: All four teams will play again tomorrow. Carroll squares off with Whitworth at 11:00 a.m. on the Whitworth Soccer Field. Corban will face Whitman on Omache Field, which is on top of the hill above the Whitworth Soccer Field, at 1:30 p.m.