Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lutes still cannot find goal

By Christian Dilworth, Guest Writer

The Pacific Lutheran women’s soccer team has not scored a goal since Oct. 7.

Head coach Seth Spidahl directs his team during last Wednesday’s 3-0 to Puget Sound. Spidahl and the women’s soccer team host Willamette today at noon and wrap up their season tomorrow at George Fox. Photo by Jesse Major.

A 3-0 loss to Puget Sound last Wednesday followed by a 2-0 defeat to Pacific Saturday marked the seventh straight match the Lutes have failed to find the back of the net.

The Lutes hosted a Puget Sound team that was in search of its 11th straight Northwest Conference title and needed a win to keep pace with Whitworth and Linfield.

The Loggers acquired the win in a dominating fashion by controlling the ball for more than half of the 90-minute bout.

The Loggers’ first goal came on a blocked shot that landed right in front of the open net and was put in by Haley Rosenberg.

In the 59th minute, Puget Sound’s leading scorer, Amalia Acorda-Fey, showed off her individual skill by flashing impressive footwork. She lofted a shot over the outstretched hands of Pacific Lutheran’s first-year goalkeeper Marisa Gonzales.

Theresa Henle, who capped off a run downfield with a header and collision, scored the final goal in the 82nd minute. The goal was Henle’s fourth of the season.

PLU struggled on offense, only managing four shots on goal — two per half. Some were dangerously close shots that landed barely off mark.

Gonzales, meanwhile, compiled eight saves in goal for the Lutes.

Saturday’s match with Pacific posed a different problem for the Lutes. The Lutes outshot the Boxers 14-12 including eight shots-on-goal as opposed to Pacific’s six.

However, the Boxers won the key category of the afternoon — goals, 2-0.

The Boxers drew first blood in the 54th minute on a seven-yard goal by McKenna Davison.

The second and final goal came off a Chandler Bowen kick.

Although PLU came up with no goals again, they weren’t without opportunities. They forced the Pacific keeper to make eight saves, a whopping seven in the first half.

Additionally, the Lutes had six corner kicks and limited the opposing Boxers to none.

The Lutes host Willamette today at noon and conclude their season tomorrow at George Fox. That game will begin at noon as well.