Willamette Defeats Pacific 3-1 to Improve to 16-2-2 on Season

FOREST GROVE, ORE. -- Emily Gross (So., F, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) broke a 1-1 tie with 6:31 remaining in the first half and Susan Butler (Sr., MF, Boise, ID, Boise HS) scored with 14:34 left in the game, as the Willamette University Bearcats defeated Pacific University, 3-1, on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Bearcats improved to 16-2-2 on the season, while completing Northwest Conference play with a 13-2-1 record (40 points). Willamette finished second in the conference standings, just one point behind the University of Puget Sound at 13-1-2 (41 points).

The Bearcats, ranked #19 in NCAA Division III, hope their highly successful regular season will carry them into the NCAA Tournament. Willamette has a .850 winning percentage, plus quality wins over UPS (the Logger’s only loss of the regular season), Whitworth College (twice) and Pacific Lutheran. WU also tied the University of California-Santa Cruz, which is ranked #5 nationally in NCAA Division III with a 14-0-3 record. All of Willamette’s losses and ties have been to teams with winning records. The list of teams selected to the NCAA Tournament will be released at www.ncaasports.com during the evening hours on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Against Pacific, Allison Tenold (Sr., D, Spokane, WA/Ferris HS) scored for Willamette just 3:12 into the game. She produced the goal on a header as she worked to convert a corner kick play. Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., Midfielder, Woodinville, WA/Overlake HS, who took the corner, was credited with an assist. Pacific equalized at 23:23 when the Boxers counter-attacked after the Bearcats took another corner kick. The break-away opportunity led to a goal by Meghan. Fredette, as Becca Roth earned an assist.

The score remained 1-1 for just over 15 minutes before Gross scored to give the Bearcats the lead for good. Willamette continued to hold a 2-1 advantage at halftime and maintained a one-goal cushion until Butler scored an insurance goal at 75:26. Butler’s goal was earned on a header after receiving a crossing pass from Meghan Anderson.

Butler leads the Bearcats in scoring with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Anderson received an assist on the play. She is now tied with Gross for second place on Willamette’s scoring list with six goals and a team-high nine assists (21 points). Gross has scored eight goals and five assists (21 points).

Willamette concluded the regular season with 43 goals scored and just nine goals against. Only one team, Puget Sound scored two goals against the Bearcats. The Loggers accomplished the feat in a 2-1 win over Willamette on Oct. 20. The Bearcats have won four games in a row and are 6-1-1 in their most recent eight matches.