Willamette Defeats Pioneers, 1-0, on Goal by Batzer at 83:18

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE -- Willamette University outshot Lewis & Clark College 18-3 in women's soccer on Wednesday, Sept. 24, but the game remained scoreless until the Bearcats registered a goal with 6:42 remaining in regulation to take a 1-0 Northwest Conference victory over the Pioneers at Sparks Field. Willamette improved to 4-3 on the season, 2-1 in the NWC. Lewis & Clark dropped to 2-2-3 overall, 1-2 in the NWC

The only goal of the game was scored by Alex Batzer (So., MF, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) of Willamette at 83:18 following a corner kick. It was Batzer's first goal of the season.

Haley Rosenthal (Jr., MF, Cheyenne, WY/Cheyenne East HS) took the corner kick and sent the ball into the middle of the penalty area. The ball bounced off a player and went to Batzer, who shot on goal from 11 yards out near the left post.

Batzer's shot was partially deflected by a defender, giving L&C goalie Kate MacDougall no chance for a save as the ball crossed the goal line near the right post. It was only the second goal allowed by Lewis & Clark this season and just the first goal against the Pioneers in regulation.

Willamette outshot L&C in the first half 9-3 and owned a 9-0 edge in shots over the final 45 minutes. Even so, the game edged toward overtime until Batzer's goal following WU's 10th corner kick.

The Bearcats held the Pioneers without a corner kick and Willamette finished the game with a 7-1 edge in shots on goal. Lewis & Clark's only shot on goal was taken by Liz Martin at 13:30 in the first half and was saved by WU goalkeeper Kelly Gano (So., Portland, OR/Cleveland HS).

Willamette's top offensive chance prior to the goal occurred about 20 seconds earlier on a 35-yard free kick by Kelsey Rogel (Sr., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep). Rogel's kick from the left side of the field nearly went into the upper right corner of the net, but MacDougall pushed the ball high and wide, creating the corner kick that led to the goal.

MacDougall finished with six saves for the Pioneers, who have lost two consecutive 1-0 games after starting the season 2-0-3. For Willamette, Gano improved to 4-3 on the year with her third shutout.

The Bearcats were called for 15 fouls, while L&C was charged with two fouls. L&C also was whistled for two offside violations.

Willamette will play at George Fox University on Saturday, Sept. 27. Game time for the NWC match-up in Newberg, Ore., is set for 12 p.m. (PDT).

BOX SCORE
Willamette University 1, Lewis & Clark College 0
Alex Batzer (left) and Kelsey Rogel celebrate following a goal by Rogel last season.

Alex Batzer (left) and Kelsey Rogel celebrate following a goal by Rogel last season.