by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – Molly Webster finished with a career-high ten saves and Brixiada Mendoza scored her first collegiate goal as the Whitworth Pirates drew 1-1 with the Puget Sound Loggers to leave the west side of Washington undefeated in Northwest Conference play.
The tie also kept the Pirates (3-1-2, 1-0-1 NWC) undefeated in overtime matches with a 2-0-2 record. Puget Sound moved to 2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the Northwest Conference.
The Pirates opened the match on the attack, taking four shots in the first 15 minutes. Two of the Bucs early attempts – one each from Arielle Van Peursem and Mackenzie Popp – forced Logger goalkeeper Jamie Lange to make a save.
Puget Sound got its offense going in the 27th minute, forcing Webster to make a pair of saves to keep the match scoreless.
Whitworth nearly broke the tie just before the half, but Kalyn Gill's shot met iron on the left side of the goalpost. Lauren Hepler gave it another go one minute later, but her long attempt missed wide.
After the two teams entered halftime in a scoreless tie, a pair of goals in less than a minute opened the second half. Puget Sound's Tayla McPherson kicked off the scoring with a goal from the top of the penalty area. Erin Brosnan slid a pass to McPherson to set up the goal.
Mendoza evened the score just 38 seconds later. After the Puget Sound defense stopped a corner kick, Mendoza took a pass from Jadyn Baumgartner beyond the right side of penalty area and loosed a curling shot into the top-left corner of the net.
After Mendoza's spectacular goal, Webster kept the Bucs in the match through the end of regulation. The senior's ten saves doubled her previous career high, with five coming in each half. She erased several Logger chances in the final minutes of regulation to send the match into overtime.
Once in overtime, Webster barely touched the ball at all as Whitworth controlled much of the extra period's offense. The Pirates took all six shots in the final 20 minutes, with one shot on goal each from Mendoza and Van Peursem.
The Pirates finished the match having outshot the Loggers (21-15), but took less shots on target (11-5). Webster's ten saves easily eclipsed Lange's four.
Up next, Whitworth travels back to Spokane for its first match of the year on the Whitworth Soccer Field. The Bucs take on Whitman at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.