Bearcats Beat Pioneers 2-0; Sets Up Sunday Match Against No. 9 UPS

PORTLAND, OR — Susan Butler scored twice and the Bearcat defense posted another shutout as the No. 15 Willamette University women’s soccer team defeated Lewis & Clark 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium.
The Bearcats dominated the game early as they fired nine shots in the first half to only two for the Pioneers.

Butler's first goal came at the 30:52 mark, a shot that sailed over the Pioneer goalkeeper's right shoulder into the far left corner of the net on a pass from Kelsey Priest.

Butler (pictured left) added another goal in the second half, heading in a ball that was bouncing in front of the goal for an unassisted goal.

Willamette’s defense — led by Kelsey Rogel and goalie Kari Woody — posted its fifth shutout in the last seven games, setting up a huge game Sunday afternoon against No. 9 University of Puget Sound. Game-time is noon at Sparks Field.

Woody earned the shutout victory with a pair of saves. Along with Rogel, defenders Jennifer Standifer, April Kyrkos and Samantha Post held the Pioneers to only five shots in the game.

Nora Germano for the Pioneers made six saves while allowing the two goals.

With the win, Willamette improves to 10-4-1 (8-2-1 NWC), with the Pioneers falling to 5-9-2 (3-8-1 NWC).

The game against UPS Sunday pits the two top teams in the West Region, according to the most recent NCAA DIII polls.

Susan Butler

Susan Butler