Bucs Shut Out Lutes to Open NWC Season

Bucs Shut Out Lutes to Open NWC Season
by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
PARKLAND, Wash. – Hannah Rae Miller's first goal of the season propelled the Whitworth Pirates past the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in both teams' first Northwest Conference match.
Molly Webster earned her first shutout of 2018 for the Pirates (3-1-1, 1-0 NWC). The senior goalkeeper saved both of the Lutes' (1-1-3, 0-1) shots on goal to hold Pacific Lutheran scoreless.
"We are grateful to have started off conference play on such positive footing," said Whitworth head coach Bryan Olson. "It was encouraging to see our team's selfless work work for one another this afternoon."
The Lutes started the match aggressively, forcing Webster to make both of her saves in the first ten minutes of the match. Maddie Landreth took the first shot of the match in the fifth minute and Webster stopped Leah Magee's attempt in the eighth. 
On the other end of the field, Whitworth's attack struggled to get shots on goal in the first half. The Bucs' first on-target attempt came in the 38th minute, when Kelly Wucherer's blast was stopped by Natalie Robinson.
Robinson was much busier in the second half, with shots from Gabriella Coprivnicar and Kalyn Gill requiring saves within the first ten minutes.
The Pirates continued the attack into the 70th minute, when Miller scored the eventual go-ahead goal. Miller's goal finished a run to the near post where she booted home a low cross from Bixiada Mendoza. The match-winner was Miller's second of her career with her first coming as a freshman.
Coprivnicar nearly gave Whitworth a 2-0 lead in the 81st minute, but her shot was stopped by Robinson. The Pirates finished the match having outshot the Lutes 9-7 with 4 more shots on goal. 
Whitworth finishes out its first NWC road trip Sunday afternoon. The Bucs take on Puget Sound at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.