Willamette Scores Four Times in Second Half to Erase 1-0 Deficit and Defeat Lewis & Clark, 4-1

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University trailed Lewis & Clark College 1-0 at halftime, but scored four goals in the final 25:31 and outshot L&C 10-1 in the second half, as the Bearcats defeated the Pioneers, 4-1, in a Northwest Conference game, Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Sparks Field. Willamette, ranked #15 in NCAA Division III, received goals from four different players and improved to 12-1-2 overall. The Bearcats continue to lead the NWC at 9-1-1.

Lewis & Clark, which battled WU throughout the first half and scored at 20:54 to take the game’s first lead, fell to 3-11-1 on the season. The Pioneers remained in last place in the NWC with a 1-9-1 record. Lewis & Clark’s goal was scored by Kelsey Harrity on a deflection from four yards out. Lindsey Whitford set up the goal with a strong pass/shot from 18 yards near the top left corner of the penalty area.

Willamette held a 7-4 advantage in shots over the opening 45 minutes, but the Bearcats managed a slim 4-3 edge in shots on goal before the intermission. One of the shots was taken from 22 yards by Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., MF, Woodinville, WA/Overlake HS) in the run of play at 27:29. The shot hit the left upright and L&C maintained its 1-0 lead.

In the second half, Uhlmansiek hit the crossbar on a free kick from 25 yards at 57:59, as she sent the ball over L&C’s five-person wall. It was WU’s second shot of the half. The Bearcats forced two saves on four shots over the next six minutes, before their efforts paid off with a goal.

Willamette’s equalizer was scored by Allison Tenold (Sr., D, Spokane, Wash./Ferris HS) on her second goal of the season at 64:29. The play was set up by Uhlmansiek, who took a corner kick from the Bearcats’ attacking right side. The ball was sent swiftly into the penalty area, where Kelsey Rogel (So., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) headed it toward the 18-yard line. Tenold ran onto the ball and shot from 15 yards to the lower left corner of the goal.

The Bearcats moved in front just over five minutes later at 69:34, when Jessica Lammers took a lengthy pass on the left side of the field, then dribbled into the penalty area and shot from 16 yards to the near post. Selena Levy (So., D, San Anselmo, CA/Sir Francis Drake HS), who provided the pass from midfield, received an assist on the play.

Later, Willamette added an insurance goal by Susan Butler (Sr., MF, Boise, ID/Boise HS), on a 25-yard shot for her seventh goal of the season. She was assisted by Michelle Gregoire (Sr., MF, Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) who passed to Butler from the left side of the field.

The final goal was tallied by Meghan Anderson (Fr., F, Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS). She scored on a counter-attack, after receiving a through pass from Elizabeth Tatlock (Fr., F, Denver, CO/St. Mary’s Academy). Anderson, who now has five goals and a team-high seven assists, shot from 14 yards to the lower left corner.

Willamette goalie Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) recorded two saves, as she improved to 12-1-2 in the nets. Lewis & Clark starter Nora Germano left the game at 39:35, following an accidental collision five yards outside the penalty area, as she was charging out to clear a Willamette pass. Germano had two saves, and her replacement, Karyne Sander, added four saves for the Pioneers. Willamette earned a 7-2 edge in corner kicks, including 4-0 in the second half.

The Bearcats travel to the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a key NWC game. UPS, which defeated Pacific Lutheran University on Wednesday, Oct. 18, is just two points behind the Bearcats (28 to 26) at the top of the standings. The Loggers, ranked #22 in NCAA Division II, are 10-1-3 overall and 8-1-2 in the conference. Willamette defeated UPS, 3-0, on Sept. 24.