Bearcats Record Ninth Shutout in 11 Games, as Willamette Improves to 10-0-1 on the Season

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University, ranked #5 in NCAA Division III, defeated Pacific University, 4-0, at Sparks Field in Salem, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Bearcats remained undefeated, as they improved to 10-0-1 on the season, 7-0-0 in the Northwest Conference. WU has registered nine shutouts in its 11 games, including five shutouts in a row. Opponents have not scored a goal against the Bearcats in 537 minutes, 16 seconds.

Pacific’s overall record dropped to 2-6-2 with the loss. The Boxers fell to 0-6-1 in the NWC. Pacific has not won a game since starting the season 2-0-2.

Rachel Janny (Fr., F, Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) opened the scoring at 11:07 on a header from five yards out. She was assisted on the play by Kelsey Priest, who crossed the ball from the right side.

Willamette’s second score came on an own goal by the Boxers. Jessica Lammers (Sr., MF, Concord, CA/Northgate HS), who contributed solid play for the Bearcats from her wing position throughout the game, crossed the ball from the left side. It was deflected by a defender into the net at 27:21.

The Bearcats extended their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Allison Tenold (Sr., D, Spokane, WA/Ferris HS) at the 35:48 mark. Tenold shot from 15 yards after receiving a short pass from Meghan Anderson (Fr., F, Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS) near the top of the penalty area. Anderson received an assist and has now earned a goal or an assist in seven consecutive games.

WU completed the scoring at 46:21, on a goal by Emily Gross (So., F, Medford, OR/North Medford HS). Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., MF, Woodenville, WA/Overlake HS) started the play with a shot that hit the left post. Gross took the rebound and scored. Uhlmansiek, who started for the Bearcats after missing three-and-a-half games due to injury, received an assist on the play.

Willamette goalkeepers Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) and Laura Holahan (So., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) split the shutout. Woody played the first 76:19 and earned three saves. Holahan played the final 13:41 and did not need to make a save. Woody, now 10-0-1, has been the goalie of record in all 11 games for WU. She has achieved seven solo shutouts to go with two shared shutouts. Sarah Chrusoskie of Pacific earned 3 saves in goal.

Pacific’s best scoring chance occurred at 20:37, when Stacy Sueoka took a pass at midfield with only the Willamette goalie to beat. She advanced all the way into the penalty area as the defense rushed back, then shot toward the middle of the goal, where Woody recorded a save.

Willamette outshot Pacific, 32-6, including 7-3 in shots on goal. WU earned five corner kicks, while Pacific achieved one corner kick.

The Bearcats return to action quickly, with another Northwest Conference game on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Pacific Lutheran University. Game time in Tacoma, Wash., is scheduled for 12 p.m. (PDT).