Willamette Defender Rogel Scores Tying Goal at 81:53, as Bearcats Battle Whitman to 1-1 Draw

SALEM, ORE. -- In recent games, Willamette University defender Kelsey Rogel (Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep), a 5’11 sophomore, has joined the attack for corner kicks and offensive restarts. On Sunday, Oct. 15 at Sparks Field, the move paid off, as Rogel kicked in the tying goal with 8:07 left in regulation, as the Bearcats and Whitman College battled to a 1-1 tie in the Northwest Conference. Willamette, tied for 13th in the NCAA Division III National Rankings, went to 11-1-2 on the season, 8-1-1 in the NWC. Whitman moved to 3-4-4 overall, including 3-3-4 in the NWC.

The Missionaries, who lost to Willamette, 1-0, in Walla Walla, Wash., on Sept. 16, took a 1-0 lead in the rematch when Kristen Berndt scored on a 4-yard shot following a corner kick pass sent on the ground into the penalty area. Berndt shot from the right side to record her fifth goal of the season at 54:01. The corner kick was one of just two corners earned by the Missionaries during the 110-minute game.

Willamette outshot Whitman, 16-14 overall, including 9-7 in the second half. The Bearcats amassed 18 corner kicks, plus about 10 offensive restarts during the game. It was one of the restarts which led to the tying goal.

Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., MF, Woodenville, WA/Overlake HS) set up for the free kick about 35 yards from goal. She sent the ball into the penalty area, where it bounced off several players before falling to the feet of Rogel, four yards out near the left post. Rogel shot low and toward the right side of the goal to register the equalizer and her first goal of the season at 81:53.

Willamette controlled most of the first overtime, but was unable to score a winning goal. The Bearcats outshot the Missionaries, 3-1, in the first OT, then Whitman achieved a 2-1 lead in shots in the final overtime. WU finished the game with an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.

Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS), who has recorded all 14 goalkeeping decisions, including eight solo shutouts and two shared shutouts, provided five saves for the Bearcats against Whitman. Several of her saves were quality stops on well-taken shots by WC.

Goalkeeper Courtney Porter made seven saves for Whitman, included one on a 32-yard free kick by Uhlmansiek with 5:09 left in the second overtime. Uhlmansiek was a workhorse for Willamette, as she took all 18 corners, most of the offensive restarts and led the Bearcats with six total shots, including three shots on goal. She also battled over the majority of the playing surface from her midfielder position.

Berndt was Whitman’s top offensive threat. She took seven shots during the contest, including two shots on goal. After Berndt scored, Willamette defender Selena Levy (So., San Anselmo, CA/Sir Francis Drake HS) stayed with her, often denying the WC attacker the ball by anticipating passes from other Whitman players. Berndt had four shots after the goal, but only one required a save by Woody.

The Bearcats will play their third consecutive home game on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Willamette will be taking on Lewis & Clark College at Sparks Field, starting at 7 p.m. (PDT). Willamette won at Lewis & Clark, 3-0, on Sept. 23.