Christensen's Goal Gives Bearcats 1-0 Win Over Whitman in Overtime

SALEM: Senior defender Cayly Christensen picked the right time to score her first goal of the season, blasting home a shot from 20 yards as the Willamette University women’s soccer team (15-1-2, 10-1-2 NWC) won 1-0 in double overtime against Whitman College (10-8, 6-7 NWC) Sunday afternoon.

Anne Merten crossed the ball to Christensen (pictured left) 21/2 minutes into the second overtime as the No. 9 ranked Bearcats survived another scare to their 72-game home-unbeaten streak. With the assist, Merten is now the leading scorer in the NWC with 12 goals and ten assists.

Both teams had plenty of chances to score. Laura Uhlmansiek hit the post in the first half and Bearcat goalie Kari Woody turned aside several good scoring opportunities from Whitman. Woody, who deflected one shot off the post, had seven saves in the game.

While the Bearcats out-shot the Missionaries 21-12 for the game, Whitman had four shots in the overtime to the Bearcats’ three.

Christensen, who missed a pair of games last weekend due to a strained ACL, was wide open in the middle of the field when she received Merten’s pass, then drove a low shot into the corner past Whitman goalie Rena Parcells. Parcells also has seven saves in the match.

The Bearcats conclude their regular season at home next Saturday against Linfield. Game time is 11 am.

Christensen Cayly

Christensen Cayly