Pirates Commence NWC Season at Home

Pirates Commence NWC Season at Home

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's soccer begins its Northwest Conference season at home this weekend with a pair of matches against Willamette and Lewis & Clark.

The Pirates will take on the Bearcats on Saturday and battle the Pioneers on Sunday. Both matches begin at Noon on the Whitworth Soccer Field.

Check the Whitworth women's soccer schedule for live links to the matches this weekend. 

The Pirates: Whitworth (1-3) picked up their first win of the season last weekend, splitting matches with NAIA foes Corban University and Carroll College. In a 1-0 win over Corban, Annie Clark provided the decisive goal in the 29th minute while Molly Webster and Sienna Tanner had five saves to earn Whitworth's first shutout of 2017.

The non-conference season didn't reveal a go-to scorer or playmaker for the Pirates. Instead, a full team effort saw three players score goals and two Pirates contribute assists. McKenzie Hemp, Leah Corra, and Clark all scored one goal, while Morgan Howe and Rachel Wofford each assisted once.

The Bearcats: Willamette (3-0-1) enters the weekend undefeated after non-conference play. Most recently, the Bearcats traveled to the UT Dallas Challenge Cup where they drew with Concordia Chicago and defeated UT Dallas 3-0.

Goalkeeper Kristen Barclay leads the Bearcats from the back. The sophomore only allowed two goals in four matches during the non-conference season, good for third in the Northwest Conference in GAA (.587).

Last season, the Pirates and Bearcats split their matches. Whitworth won 2-0 in Spokane, while Willamette picked up a 2-1 victory in Salem.

The Pioneers: Lewis & Clark (1-2-1) started their season with a win and tie, but dropped consecutive matches to Corban and Oregon Tech. The Pioneers gave up four goals in both losses and will look to bounce back this weekend. 

The Pioneers are paced by a pair of freshmen on the offensive end. McKenzie Wingard is Lewis & Clark's top scorer with three goals in the young season. Courtney Schmidt leads the team with a pair of assists.

Last season, Lewis & Clark split a pair of 2-1 matches with Whitworth. Both teams won at home. 

Looking Ahead: After consecutive weekends at home, Whitworth is back on the road next weekend. The Pirates take on George Fox Saturday, Sept. 23 and Pacific (Ore.) Sunday, Sept. 24.