Willamette Suffers First Loss, as Bearcats Fall 1-0 at Pacific Lutheran

TACOMA, WASH. -- The Willamette University women’s soccer team received its first loss of the season on Sunday, Oct. 8, as Pacific Lutheran University edged the Bearcats, 1-0, in a Northwest Conference game. Willamette, which went undefeated through its first 11 games and was ranked #5 in the NCAA Division III National Rankings, fell to 10-1-1 overall, 7-1-0 in the NWC. The Bearcats remain in first place in the conference with 21 points, in front of Whitworth College (6-1-1, 19 points) and the University of Puget Sound (5-1-2, 17 points). Pacific Lutheran 8-3-1 overall and is fourth in the NWC at 5-2-1 and 16 points.

The game’s only goal was scored at 61:22 by Brittney Beitel. She intercepted a clearing pass by the Willamette defense. She took one touch, then shot from about 30 yards into the upper left corner of the goal. It was just the third goal scored against the Bearcats this season.

Willamette had a chance to take the lead early in the second half, when the Lutes allowed three consecutive corner kicks. The Bearcats almost scored on one of the corner kicks attempts, but PLU goalie Amanda Tschauner tipped the ball over the crossbar. Tschauner played all 90 minutes and finished with two saves, as she recorded the shutout.

Kari Woody (Sr., GK, Boise, ID/Timberline HS), who has earned all 12 decisions in goal for the Bearcats this fall, provided three saves against the Lutes. She has achieved a 0.26 goals against average and has seven solo shutouts and two shared shutouts in 2006. Woody and the Willamette defense have not allowed more than one goal in a game this season.

PLU also has received solid play from its defense this year. The Lutes have registered eight shutouts, while allowing just seven goals in 12 games.

In Sunday’s game, both defenses continued to shine. The WU defense limited Pacific Lutheran to nine total shots and four shots on goal. The Lutes held the Bearcats to eight shots, including only two shots on goal.

For Willamette, the seven-game point-scoring steak of Meghan Anderson (Fr., F, Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS) was stopped by PLU. Anderson had achieved a goal or an assist in each of the past seven games. She scored three goals and earned six assists during the streak.

Susan Butler (Sr., MF, Boise, ID/Boise HS) and Jessica Lammers (Sr., MF, Concord, CA/Northgate HS) each took three shots for Willamette. Butler, who leads the Bearcats in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points, was credited with both of Willamette’s shots on goal against the Lutes.

Up next for the Bearcats are home games against Whitworth College, Whitman College and Lewis & Clark College in NWC action. Willamette will take on Whitworth on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 12 a.m. (PDT), with Whitman arriving at Sparks Field on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12 a.m. (PDT). Lewis & Clark will complete Willamette’s homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. (PDT).

Willamette will play Pacific Lutheran one more time during the regular season. The teams are scheduled to meet on the Willamette campus on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. (PDT).