No. 9 UPS Beats No. 15 Willamette, 3-0

SALEM, OR — The University of Puget Sound solidified it’s hold on the No. 1 ranking in the West Region with a 3-0 Northwest Conference win over the Willamette University soccer team Sunday afternoon at Sparks Field.

The Loggers tallied early in the first half when Adrienne Folsom scored in the 9th minute off an assist from NWC scoring leader Courtney Kjar.

Willamette had three excellent chances to score within the next ten minutes, but shots from Susan Butler, Brenna Hindman and Laura Uhlmansiek either went just over the crossbar or hit the post.

The Loggers put the game away in the first five minutes of the second half, scoring twice on nearly identical corner kicks. Elizabeth Pittman had the assist on both goals. The first was headed in by Janece Levien; the second by Megan Shivers.

The win raises the No. 9 ranked Logger’s record to 12-1-1, 11-0-1 in the NWC. The Bearcats, ranked No. 2 in the West region and No. 15 in the nation, fall to 10-5-1 overall, 8-3-1 NWC.

Willamette is now tied for second place in the NWC with Pacific Lutheran. The Bearcats are scheduled to play PLU on the road in the last game of the season on November 5th.

After both teams got seven shots in the first half, UPS out-shot Willamette 8-2 in the second stanza. UPS also had seven corner kicks to three for Willamette.

Erin Williams made three saves in goal to get the shutout for the Loggers. Kari Woody had five saves for Willamette.

The Bearcats play again Wednesday when they host George Fox in an NWC game beginning at 5 pm at Sparks Field.