Women’s Soccer to Finish Season in Oregon

Women’s Soccer to Finish Season in Oregon

by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – After an undefeated weekend at home, the Whitworth women's soccer team concludes the 2019 season in Oregon with matches against Willamette and Lewis & Clark this coming weekend.

The Pirates will square off with the Bearcats on Saturday and will face the Pioneers on Sunday. Both matches kick off at noon.

Video and live statistics links will be available on the Whitworth women's soccer schedule.

The Pirates: Whitworth (6-11-1, 5-8-1 NWC) concluded its home schedule with two encouraging wins. The Bucs got the weekend going with an exciting 2-0 victory over Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday. With both teams scoreless in the final minute, the match looked to be headed to overtime, but seniors Hannah Miller and Rachel Wofford sent in goals within 30 seconds of each other to pull off the last-minute victory.

The Bucs kept it going on Sunday, scoring twice in the first half to earn the 2-1 win over a talented Linfield squad, for their third consecutive win. Brixiada Mendoza scored the first goal three minutes into the match, sending in a pass from Miller. Jadyn Baumgartner put in the next goal in the final minute of the first half. Baumgartner sent a pass to Kendall Sharp, ran into the box, collected a pass back from Sharp, and won the one-on-one battle with the goalkeeper. Isabelle Arends made nine saves for the Pirates, tying a match-high on the year.

After the win, the Pirates celebrated Isabelle Arends, Courtney Harmon, Shirley Chandler, Annie Clark, Rachel Wofford, Kalyn Gill, Hannah Miller and Brixiada Mendoza, who played in their last match on the Whitworth Soccer Field Sunday.

Team Leaders: Jadyn Baumgartner leads the Pirates with four goals. The junior also has two assists. Brixiada Mendoza and Rachel Wofford have scored three goals each. Hannah Miller and Kendall Sharp lead the team in assists with three apiece.

Isabelle Arends has been the starting goalkeeper in all 18 matches for the Pirates. Arends has recorded 67 saves this season.

Home Sweet Home: During fourth-year head coach Bryan Olson's tenure at Whitworth, the Pirates are 25-9-2 playing on the Whitworth Soccer Field. In 2017, the Pirates went 8-1-1 in Spokane and they were 5-2-1 last year.

The Pirates secured a 5-5 record at home this season with the two wins over the weekend.

The Bearcats: Willamette (9-7-2, 8-4-2 NWC) returns home after losses to Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran last week, losing both matches in double overtime. Nine of the Bearcats' 16 NWC matches have been sent to overtime. Willamette has a 5-2-2 record in those matches. Shanna Keil leads the team with seven goals, fourth in the conference. Kristen Barclay, the Bearcats' starting goalkeeper, holds a 0.824 save percentage on the season. Willamette has allowed an average of 0.94 goals per game, third best in the NWC. Willamette defeated Whitworth 1-0 in overtime earlier in the year.

The Pioneers: Lewis & Clark (8-8-2, 7-6-1 NWC) has had a strong second half of NWC play, going 4-1-1 coming into the final weekend. Lewis & Clark defeated Willamette on Wednesday and Puget Sound on Saturday, both overtime wins. Julia Markmann had both assists in the win at Willamette and scored the match-winner against Puget Sound. Abby Prager has started in goal in five of their last six matches and holds a 0.879 save percentage. Whitworth defeated Lewis & Clark 2-0 in their last matchup.

The Coach: Bryan Olson was named the head coach for the Pirate women's soccer team in February of 2016 and enters his fourth year leading the Bucs in the fall of 2019.  In his three seasons at the helm, Whitworth has a 34-21-5 overall record and a 30-14-4 mark in the Northwest Conference.

Olson was the top assistant coach for the Whitworth men's soccer team for six seasons prior to leading the women's team.  His title was elevated to Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2015 season. Over that time the Pirate men's team posted a record of 66-17-12 and made the NCAA Division III Tournament three times (2012, 2014 and 2015).