Lammers Scores Early, Defense Shuts out Lutes, as Willamette Downs Pacific Lutheran, 1-0

SALEM, ORE. -- Jessica Lammers (Sr., MF, Concord, CA/Northgate HS) scored on a volley shot just 3:37 into the game, and the Willamette University defense allowed just nine total shots, as the Bearcats defeated visiting Pacific Lutheran University, 1-0, at Sparks Field on Friday, Nov. 3. Willamette, which recorded its 12th shutout of the season to avenge a 1-0 loss at PLU on Oct. 8, improved to 15-2-2 overall, including 12-2-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Lutes dropped to 11-6-2 on the season, 8-5-2 in the NWC.

Lammers provided the game’s only goal by connecting with the ball mid-air as she received a crossing pass from Susan Butler (Sr., MF, Boise, ID/Boise HS). It was Lammers’ fourth goal of the season. Butler received an assist on the play, giving her five assists for the year. Butler leads the Bearcats in scoring this fall eight goals and 21 points.

WU goalkeeper Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) made three saves to record her 10th solo shutout of the season to go with two shared shutouts. She has achieved an impressive 24 solo shutouts during her four-year career at Willamette. Pacific Lutheran’s goalkeeper, Alyssa Blackburn, also registered three saves.

Willamette outshot PLU, 12-9 overall, including 8-2 in the first half. The Bearcats held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks and a slim 4-3 edge in shots on goal.

The Bearcats remain in second place in the NWC. Willamette has earned 37 points in the standings (3 for a win, 1 for a tie). The University of Puget Sound leads the conference with 38 points and a 12-1-2 record. Both teams will conclude the regular season on Saturday (Nov. 4). If UPS wins at George Fox University, the Loggers will take first place, but if Willamette wins at Pacific University and UPS loses or ties, the Bearcats will win the title. The NWC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Willamette is ranked #19 in the NCAA Division III National Rankings as compiled by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bearcats are tied for #3 in the West Region Rankings. WU’s game at Pacific on Saturday is set to get underway at 11 a.m. (PST).