by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates dominated possession throughout the match en route to a 1-0 victory over the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers Sunday afternoon.
Rachel Wofford scored the match's lone goal, a 40th minute shot that was her second match-winner of the year for the Pirates (5-1-2, 3-0-1). Molly Webster shut out the Boxers (1-7, 1-3 NWC), her second of scoreless game of the year.
"We have a group of players and coaches that are eager to grow and give their best for one another and we are excited to have another week in front of us to do just that," said head coach Bryan Olson.
Early on, the two teams engaged in an offensive duel. Pacific maintained possession for much of the first five minutes, managing four shots before the Pirates responded with four shots of their own. Webster and Saya Brown each made two saves during the first ten minutes to keep the match scoreless in spite of the aggressive play.
After the competitive play in the first ten minutes, Whitworth dominated the half's last 35 minutes. The Bucs took the next six shots, including their one goal, and held possession in Pacific's side of the field for much of the half.
Whitworth's possession resulted in a goal near the end of the half. In the 40th minute, Kelly Wucherer slid a pass up the middle of the field to Wofford. The junior's one-touch shot was deflected by Brown, but it had enough momentum to continue into the back of the net. The goal was Wofford's fourth of the year and came on Wucherer's second assist in as many days.
The Pirates continued their aggressive play in the second half. Whitworth finished the match with 23 shots and 11 shots on goal after creating numerous chances during the final 45 minutes. Pacific only managed one shot on goal during the second half as a result of Whitworth's possession.
"Our group worked well to generate a number of great goal scoring opportunities today and we were equally stifling in our work together on the defensive side of the ball," said Olson.
Up next, the Pirates travel to Oregon for a top of the conference duel with Willamette. The Bucs and Bearcats square off on Saturday, Sept. 29.