Bearcats Use Strong Second Half to Defeat PLU, 3-0

TACOMA: The No. 6 ranked Willamette University women’s soccer team (12-1, 7-1 NWC) scored three second half goals in defeating Pacific Lutheran University 3-0 in a NWC match Saturday afternoon as they warmed up for Sunday’s battle for first place against the University of Puget Sound.

Anne Merten had a goal and an assist in the second half after the Bearcats were out-shot 10-5 in a scoreless first half. Merten fed Michelle Gregiore for a breakaway goal five minutes into the second half to give Willamette a 1-0 lead.

Merten added an insurance goal mid-way through the second half when she tipped a Brenna Hindman shot into the lower right corner.

Trisha Kilgus added Willamette’s third goal at the 89-minute mark, converting a pass from Laura Uhlmansiek to give the Bearcats some momentum heading into Sunday’s game against UPS.

The Bearcats out-shot PLU (6-8, 2-6 NWC) 9-2 in the second half Saturday, 14-12 for the game. Goalie Kari Woody had six saves, five in the first half.

On Sunday, UPS puts its 38-game home unbeaten streak on the line as they host the Bearcats in a battle for first place between the two teams who shared the NWC title a year ago.

The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in the most recent Division III national rankings. UPS is No. 9.