Defenders Punish Pioneers for 3-0 Victory

Defenders Punish Pioneers for 3-0 Victory

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth defenders made their impact felt on both sides of the field, scoring two goals and holding Lewis & Clark without a shot on goal on the way to a 3-0 Pirate victory.

Sydney Weiler and Jadyn Baumgartner each scored the first goal of their Whitworth careers to give the Pirates (3-3) to the victory. The pair combined with the rest of Whitworth's back line to pitch their second shutout of the season.

"Today was the result of an inspired performance and great willingness to work for the entire team," head coach Bryan Olson said. 

From the onset, the Pirates were the aggressors. McKenzie Hemp and Arielle Van Peursem consistently made space on the wings to create scoring opportunities, which the Pirates capitalized on in the 7th minute.

Van Peursem created space along the bottom touch line, but her cross deflected to the outside of the penalty box. Fortunately, it deflected right to Baumgartner. The freshman was ready and buried the first goal of her Whitworth career.

For Baumgartner, who switched positions at the beginning of this season in a move to the defensive line, the goal was the result of her dedication to the team.

"It's a testament to who she is as a person," Olson said. "She's hard-working and willing to learn and grow." 

Defenders scoring goals would be a theme of Whitworth's first half. Weiler took a pass from Michele Whan at midfield before dribbling all the way to the box and firing her first goal into the top-left corner of the net.

The Pirate defense made their impact felt in their actual positions as well. Lewis & Clark only managed two shots in the first half, and neither was on goal. Whitworth also maintained an 8-0 first half advantage in corner kicks.

An experienced forward joined the offensive onslaught at the end of the first half as well. Senior Leah Corra received a tapped pass from Rachel Wofford in the upper-right corner of the penalty box. She then loosed a shot to the opposite corner of the net, scoring her second goal of the year.

The Pioneers began the second half more aggressively, hanging on to the ball more and creating a couple scoring chances, but couldn't find the back of the net against Sienna Tanner and Whitworth's defenders, who made life tough for the Lewis & Clark attack.

In the end, the Pirates held the Pioneers without a shot on goal for the match. The effort extended a streak of 135 straight minutes without an opposing shot on goal, going back to Saturday's match. Whitworth also managed a 12-0 edge in corner kicks and a 24-3 shots advantage.

Next up, Whitworth heads to Newberg for a showdown with George Fox. The match is on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m.