Women’s soccer concludes season with loss to Linfield

The women’s soccer team will be battling for second or third in conference in its upcoming match against Linfield after defeating Willamette University and losing to both Lewis & Clark and the University of Puget Sound.

All three games were on the road.

The Bucs first match brought them against the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday, Oct. 27.  The Pirates were down 1-0 at halftime but a goal from sophomore midfielder Jackie Day in the 47th minute of the match tied the game.

Senior midfielder Mackenzie Grow scored the game-winning penalty kick with 13 seconds left in regulation to bring the Bucs the win. Freshman goalkeeper Andrea Stump said that Grow was the MVP of the match.

“Obviously she came up big for us in the Saturday game with the winning PK goal, but she also did well holding down the midfield and sacrificing herself for the team,” Stump said.

The Pirates beat the Bearcats 2-1.

On Sunday Oct. 28, Bucs took on Lewis & Clark.

Lewis & Clark scored in the 35th minute and the Pioneers were able to keep the Bucs off the scoreboard for the remainder of the match.

“That was a hard loss for all of us,” freshman forward Tiara Pajimola said. “I think we were fully capable of winning that game, but [Lewis and Clark] is always a great opponent and we played as best as we could against them. We were just trying to play our best game with the weather and being on the road.”

The Pioneers outshot the Bucs 19-5 and, unlike Saturday’s match against Willamette, the Bucs were not able to make a comeback.

“[For both matches] we went down and Saturday we were fortunate enough to be resilient and get a couple of goals for a comeback.” Stump said, “Sunday it just didn’t go in our favor.”

Lewis & Clark won the match 1-0.

“We played against a very physically gifted and motivated opponent. We gave good effort. It just wasn’t our day on the field we weren’t able to pull it off and we lost,” head coach Jael Hagerott said.

On Wednesday the Bucs played UPS in Ellensburg for their final away game of the regular season.

The Pirates lost 2-0. The match was a make-up from the Oct. 6 match when the referees were no-shows for the game.

Had the Bucs won against UPS, they would have remained tied with Linfield for the conference championships. The loss means that they will battle for second when they play Linfield at home on Saturday, November 3rd for their final regular season match.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter15@my.whitworth.edu.

Bucs earn pair of crucial NWC victories

Whitworth and Linfield remain tied atop conference with four games to play The women’s soccer team won a thriller in sudden death overtime at home on Saturday against Pacific University and followed the win up with a victory over George Fox University at home.

The Pirates are tied with the Linfield Wildcats for first place in the NWC as four conference games remain on the schedule for each team.

On Saturday, the weather was harsh in Spokane and impacted the game.

“It was rough, it was cold and windy,” freshman forward Tiara Pajimola said. “But we did what we always do; come together as a team when we need it the most.”

The lone goal of the match came in the seventh minute of sudden death overtime. Freshman forward Hannah Bokma received a cross in the six-yard box and hit  a header into the upper left corner of the goal. The cross came from senior defender Carly Schilperoort after she took it down the line, passing multiple defenders.

The goal was Bokma’s second of the season.

“Hannah did a great job finishing, it was a great pass by Carly, and our defensives line [did well], Jamie coming up and working the ball up with me,” Pajimola said. “We were able to get the corner off. We worked well as a team.”

The contest was a tough matchup for the Bucs as they continue to contend for a conference title against Pacific squad that was 5-7-3 overall.

“Pacific’s always really physical and we just had to hang in there,” freshman goalkeeper Andrea Stump said. “Obviously it went to overtime which was kind of tough. But we just kept our heads about us and stayed composed and ended up on top.”

Whitworth out-shot the Boxers 6-1 in the second half and 15-5 overall.

“We worked the ball well,” head coach Jael Hagerott said. “We created a lot of scoring opportunities.”

Sunday slated the Bucs against the George Fox Bruins. The Bruins were in last place with a 1-9 record.

“It was definitely a battle,” senior midfielder Mackenzie Grow said. “It shows that we have to play well against any team the whole time or they’ll come right back at us.”

Whitworth outshot the Bruins 19-8.

“Overall it was a good performance by the team in terms of how we worked the ball,” said Hagerott.

The Bucs scored their first goal of the match in the 23rd minute. Grow passed a ball up the middle to Pajimola who was able to get a shot in the lower corner of the goal.

In the second half, the Bruins put more pressure on the Bucs and were able to get a goal to tie up the match in the 77th minute. The Pirates responded with a goal in the 81st minute of the match to clinch the victory.

In the 82nd minute, Pajimola dribbled up the sideline, beating George Fox defenders and striking a ball in the air behind Bokma. Bokma was able to twist her body and get a foot on the ball which sailed above the George Fox goalkeeper’s hands and into the goal.

The game ended 2-1 and brought the Bucs to a  9-1-2 record in conference.

The Bucs will be on the road as they face Willamette and Lewis & Clark this weekend.

“They’re both rough teams, they’ll fight; they’ll be scrappy for the ball,” Grow said. “We have to come out ready to play.”

The few final matches will determine the postseason for the Bucs, as only the first place team moves on and the Bucs are competing for that top spot with Linfield. Each team has four regular season matches remaining, and will play one another to conclude the season.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter15@my.whitworth.edu

Whitworth stays in NWC title contention

Pirates capture road victory after draw at home and a game cancellation

The Whitworth women’s soccer team tied the Whitman Missionaries and beat the Pacific Lutheran Lutes last weekend, staying in contention for a conference championship.

The Bucs were supposed to face UPS on Saturday, but the game has been postponed because the referees didn’t show up for the match.

The game on Wednesday against the Missionaries ended 1-1 at home after double overtime.

Freshman forward Tiara Pajimola ran onto a pass from senior forward Carly Schilperoort for Whitworth’s lone goal, striking the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Pajimola scored in the 77th minute of the match. She is Whitworth’s leading scorer with seven goals this season.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling, especially as a freshman, but I don’t even take all the glory for it. I couldn’t do it without my team,” Pajimola said about being the leading goal scorer.

The contest was the Bucs’ second tie of the season. It was also their second time playing the Missionaries, who they previously beat 1-0 at Whitman.

Pajimola still sees room for improvement as a team.

“We were in a situation where it was tied up, so we can work on calming down under pressure as a team and just playing the way we know we can,” Pajimola said.

Freshman keeper Andrea Stump was able to keep the game close even with the Missionaries outshooting the Pirates 23-7. Stump had eight saves in the match.

“I would say Andrea played very well in the back, in terms of how to help us keep a relatively clean sheet,” head coach Jael Hagerott said. “I would say probably that was the best part of our game.”

Hagerott acknowledged that there is always room for improvement.

“I think just continuing to get players working to recognize we have to be first to the ball, we have to be composed under pressure, always the basics of the game you can get better and better at,” Hagerott said.

On Saturday the Bucs were set to play the University of Puget Sound. The game was postponed and no date has been set for the match which was supposed to be a crucial game between the Whitworth Pirates and the UPS Loggers.

“We warmed up and were about to play and then we realized that the refs hadn’t showed up yet and it turns out that they thought the game was [Sunday] so we didn’t get refs for the game,” Stump said. “We couldn’t play the game so we have to reschedule that at some point.”

Sunday slated the Bucs against Pacific Lutheran, and the Pirates prevailed 1-0.

The game-winning goal came in the 76th minute of the match. Senior midfielder captain Mackenzie Grow broke off in the midfield and hit the ball to senior midfielder Chelsea Schooler who took a shot. The PLU keeper made a save but freshman forward Hannah Bokma  was able to score for Whitworth.

“We started to connect our passes a lot better and we were finding each other. I think we played really well today. Obviously a few little slip-ups here and there, but overall I think we had a good game,” Stump said.

The Pirates enter the remaining regular season games with a 7-5-2 record overall and a 7-1-2 record in conference. They have six remaining games overall due to the  rescheduling of the UPS game. The Pirates are in first place right now, but the battle is still on for postseason games.

“In our conference, only the first place team gets an automatic bid on to the playoffs, so if you’re not pretty much in first place then your season’s done,” Hagerott said.

The Pirates will face Pacific University this Saturday at noon at home and will play George Fox on Sunday at noon.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu.

Women’s soccer edged in overtime match

Whitworth handed first conference defeat by Linfield College on the road The women’s soccer team suffered its first defeat during an away game last Saturday, Oct. 6, to the Linfield Wildcats.

The match ended in the first sudden death overtime period with a final score of Linfield 2, Whitworth 1.

Whitworth scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute. Senior forward Katrin Grant received a pass from sophomore midfielder Aaren Sherpe and shot from the middle of the 18 for the goal.

Linfield came out after halftime and scored the second goal of the match to tie the game. The score remained tied up and the match went to overtime.

Senior defender and captain Kelsey Griswold said that it was a rough game.

“The game at heart was very gritty; it wasn’t a pretty game,” said Griswold. “I think we could have gotten more possession a little bit and held onto the ball a little bit, but I think for the way the game was the nature of playing Linfield, we did well.”

Linfield scored the final goal of the match in the first sudden death overtime period to finish off the game.

“It was a physical battle,” head coach Jael Hagerott said. “We played hard.”

Overall, Linfield seemingly controlled the match by outshooting Whitworth 34-6. Freshman goalkeeper Andrea Stump had nine saves to Linfield’s one.

“She played an awesome game. She had amazing saves,” said Griswold, “The goals were unlucky. She couldn’t get to them.”

Whitworth is now tied with Puget Sound atop the conference.

“We were ready. Linfield was coming off of two ties so we were expecting them to come out hard and come out rough and really take it to us and so we were kind of prepping for that,” Griswold said.

Freshman Tiara Pajimola is ranked second in NWC for total goals (6) and total points (14). She received a yellow card in the 76th minute of the match.

“I was getting fouled a lot and I had an opportunity one on one with the goalie and I had took a bad touch and reached and unfortunately she got injured and I got a card out of that,” Pajimola said. “That kind of made me put my head down for a couple minutes, but I think overall I pushed through to the end.”

This is the second overtime the Pirates have played this season in conference play. The first ended in a tie after two sudden death periods against PLU.

“I think that we never stopped, we worked our butts off, we worked really hard and really weathered their storm of them just running at us and we just kind of held together,” Griswold said. “I think we played defensively well and stayed with our marks and we really worked things out as the game went on.”

The Bucs are now 6-1-1 in conference and host the Whitman Missionaries on Thursday at 1:30.

“You have to bring it every day, we just have to rebound from this and be ready for our next game,” Hagerott said.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter15@my.whitworth.edu

Women’s soccer continues strong play at home

The Whitworth women’s soccer team was able to maintain their undefeated status after two close games at home this weekend against Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Through several conference matches, Whitworth is the lone undefeated squad, posting a 6-0-1 conference record.  This past weekend, the Pirates battled other conference title contenders in UPS and PLU, who sit third and fourth respectively in the standings.

In a game last Saturday against PLU, both teams fought hard and the match ended in a tie after 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime.

There was a moment of tension in the 30th minute when freshman forward Tiara Pajimola, Whitworth’s leading scorer, collided with PLU’s goalkeeper. The goalkeeper gave Pajimola a nudge after a breakaway near the mouth of PLU’s goal.

“There’s nothing I can do about it if the ref’s not going to call it,” Pajimola said about the push.

Much of the play occurred in the midfield. Each team got shots and breakaways, but neither dominated. Whitworth had four shots in the first half and PLU had six.

Whitworth had the first goal of the match in the 34th minute. Pajimola sped past the PLU defense and took a shot off a bouncing pass from senior defender Kelsey Griswold. The shot went to the upper left corner of the goal.

The Lutes responded with a goal in the 79th minute of the match. Whitworth came back with another goal in the 82nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Jackie Day hit the cross to senior forward Katrin Grant who headed the ball in from the right side for her first goal  of the season.

PLU was able to counter with a header goal of their own off of a corner kick and force the game into sudden-death overtime. Despite a couple of scoring opportunities for both teams, the match ended in a 2-2 tie.

“We created part of our own problem in terms of we had some players that didn’t step up when we needed them to step up and we ended up paying the price for that,” head coach Jael Hagerott said.  “In overtime the girls played well, fought hard.”

Overall, the Pirates outshot the Lutes 16-9.

Sunday’s match slated the Bucs against the University of Puget Sound. The game started well, with both teams having excellent chances at scoring, but neither dominating the other.

Whitworth scored in the 55th minute. Grant hit a pass forward to Pajimola, who was able to control it, dribble past two defenders and strike the ball into the lower left corner of the goal.

“Andrea was just solid. Her hands were solid, her feet, overall and that just gives us confidence in the back and allows us to absorb more pressure,” Haggerott said of freshman keeper Andrea Stump.

Stump had five saves on goal, four of which came in the first half.

”Personally I was happy with my performance,” Stump said. “Shutouts are always good. Of course there’s always some mistakes you can improve on, but over all I think everyone played really well today.”

Despite a push by the UPS offense, Whitworth was able to hold onto its lead and win the game. They are now 6-0-1 in conference.

Next the Bucs are on the road against Linfield Oct. 6 at noon.  Linfield is a legitimate threat to the Pirates, sitting in second place behind Whitworth in the NWC standings.

“I’m excited to play Linfield, they’ve looked like they’ve been the team to beat so I’m excited to get out there and knock them off their little pedestal,” Stump said.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu.

Spotted from the crow's nest: Mackenzie Grow, women's soccer

Senior midfielder Mackenzie Grow is a leader who has left a legacy that will be felt far into the future of Whitworth soccer. “Her character on and off the field serves as a fantastic example to future members of the team of what it means to be a Whitworth women’s soccer player,” head coach Jael Hagerott said.

Grow has played soccer for Whitworth all four years and is now team captain. Grow started playing soccer when she was five years old. She played for one season and then quit.

“My parents put me into it, but I hated it at first,” Grow said.

She made the choice to play again a year later when all her friends decided to play. Once she started to play again, she never looked back. Mackenzie was a seven-year participant of the Spokane Soccer Academy. She also spent two years as a Spokane Soccer Academy Junior Coach.

Grow went to Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane. She was a two-time All-Greater Spokane League honoree during her  junior and senior seasons.

As a freshman, Grow started 19 out of the team’s 20 matches. She has scored 8 times in her 4 years at Whitworth.

“What sets Mackenzie apart from the average soccer player are her technical skills,” fellow senior captain, defender Kelsey Griswold said.

Grow is well known for her foot skills. She loves the creativity that comes with being a soccer player.

“Soccer has given me a lot of patience,” Grow said.

Grow has been an example to everyone on the team both on and off the soccer field. On the field, she is known for her composure.

“She is a calming influence,” Griswold said. “She’s been a huge impact. She’s played every second since freshman year. She’s an amazing player in the center. She calms the whole game down and controls the game.”

Grow has had a tremendous influence on her teammates. Last year, Grow and her teammates faced the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at home. It was a close, hard-fought match that ended regulation in a 2-2 tie.

Grow took matters into her own hands and in a mere 52 seconds the fight was over.

“Kenz took the ball, dribbled up and scored,” Coach Hagerott said.

Grow recounted it as one of her favorite soccer memories.

Griswold says that Grow is a strong leader on and off the field.

“She’s very involved in getting people to church and carpooling and getting girls involved with team building stuff, Griswold said. “This year we’re doing a Bible study and she’s very big on getting the girls there and getting them involved.”

As captain, Grow has shown leadership skills.

“On the field, Kenz leads by example, in how she works, and in her vocal leadership, she guides people to their position,” Hagerott said. “She has a good game awareness and she’s a composed player.”

“The game can get pretty hectic sometimes and the center mids are what control the game, the speed of how it goes and where the ball goes,” Griswold said. “They distribute everything. And if you’re not calm, everyone else is very hectic, so she has that presence that calms us all down.”

“My favorite part about playing soccer is being part of a team and having team chemistry,” Grow said.

She has no immediate plans to play soccer competitively after college; however as the team competes for a conference title this season, Grow has left a legacy to be proud of.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu.

Sports recaps: Sept. 20 - Sept. 26

Women’s soccer extends win streak The Whitworth women’s soccer team continued its winning streak and improved to 5-0 in conference play with a pair of wins against George Fox and Pacific (Ore.). On Saturday, the Pirates secured their second road victory of the year. Senior midfielder Mackenzie Grow scored the game-winning goal in overtime after a closely matched game. The final score was 1-0. On Sunday, the Bucs were once again victorious over the Boxers of Pacific University. Grow was able to capitalize on a penalty kick for the first goal of the match. The second goal came in the second half from sophomore midfielder Jackie Day. Next week the Pirates will compete on Saturday and Sunday as they host Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.

Men’s soccer earns sweep during Oregon trip

The men’s soccer team traveled to George Fox and Pacific (Ore.) last weekend, collecting two more conference victories and taking their record to 4-0 in Northwest Conference play. Sophomore striker Robby Ubben put away a corner kick taken by junior midfielder Anders Nostdahl in the 31st minute against George Fox on Saturday, which was enough for senior goalkeeper Kyle Novak, who saved all three shots on target from George Fox to produce another shutout for a 1-0 victory. Strong defense supported by two goals from freshman forward Samuel Engle in the second half helped Whitworth post its seventh shutout in eight opportunities this season en route to a 2-0 victory over Pacific. The final three undefeated teams in NWC play will be in Spokane next weekend, as Whitworth hosts Pacific Lutheran (5-3-1, 4-0 NWC) on Saturday, and Puget Sound (7-1-1, 4-0 NWC) on Sunday.

Theon leads Whitworth in Idaho

The men’s golf team began the first day of competition with an outstanding 36 holes last weekend at the North Idaho Invitational. After the first day of competition, both of the attending men’s teams were standing strong at fourth and fifth respectively.  Stephen Theon led the Pirates with a 72-74 first two rounds. The men’s team continued the tournament on Monday, Sept. 24,  which was after press time for The Whitworthian. Check online at www.thewhitworthian.com for results and extended coverage of the event.

 

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Whitworth men’s golf conclude play in Idaho

The men’s golf team concluded play at the North Idaho Invitational on Monday. After three rounds of play, the two competing Whitworth men’s teams finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Freshmen Whitworth golfers has strong showings to bolster the team finishes in the tournament..  Freshman Oliver Rudnicki shot a combined score of 222, leading team two with a sixth place finish overall. Freshmen Stephen Thoen also finished tied for 12th place with a combined score of 226.

Freshman Lyle Rudnicki shot a combined 225 to lead team one, giving him a 10th place finish overall.  Additionally, freshman Samson Martinez shot 228 to finish 16th overall in the tournament.

“The performance of these freshmen today shows me that we have a very talented group of newcomers with great depth,” said head coach Warren Friedrichs. That depth was especially needed this weekend, as junior Jesse Salzwedel was unable to compete for personal reasons.

“We have good focus and the team environment we’ve fostered is excellent at this point,” Friedrichs said.

“It was great opposition and we got common competitive rounds.  Ultimately, we wanted to see who would step forward this weekend.”

Fortunately for the Pirates this week, both team one and two were competitive throughout the tournament.

“I think we’ve played in a lot of big tournaments before, and practice has really helped us prepare mentally for these things,” said freshman Oliver Rudnicki.  “The team camaraderie we have makes it really good to play on a team you’re excited to play for.”

While team unity is important, Friedrichs emphasized that performance that is at the top of the Pirates’ list as the season goes on.

“We want to put the Northwest Conference in the national spotlight,” said Friedrichs.  “Our league is improving, and that means we’ll need to get consistent play of our team as well as a player or two to step up when we need them to.”

The men’s team will play next weekend at the Whitman Invitational in Walla Walla, Wash. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Whitworthian Sports Staff

Women's soccer undefeated in NWC action

The Whitworth women’s soccer team rebounded from a tough preseason non-conference schedule with victories over Whitman College, Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University this past week. The team had struggled early in the season, entering the week with a 0-4 record. The Pirates were plagued with injuries throughout the preseason.

“When we are playing well, we’ll be very competitive. If not, it will be a learning experience given the injuries we’ve had,” said head coach Jael Hagerott  earlier in the week about the team’s potential over the season.

Whitworth ended its losing streak with a 1-0 victory against Whitman in a close match.

Against Whitman, the Bucs outshot the opponent 11-1 in the first half. In the second half, both teams had opportunities to score with Whitworth outshooting the Missionaries 6-5.

The game-winning goal came in the 86th minute from junior forward Amy Sterk. Sterk was assisted by a cross from freshman forward Tiara Pajimola.

On Saturday, the Pirates continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Lewis & Clark.

Whitworth did an impressive job keeping possession throughout the game. The match was a hard-fought battle; however, Whitworth did an excellent job winning loose balls. Coach Hagerott credited that as a main reason for their success in this match.

Both goals of the match were scored in the first half. In the 12th minute, senior defender Carly Schilperoort had an impressive corner kick right to the  goal mouth. Sterk was able to connect with a header that flew past the Lewis & Clark keeper.

“We worked on the set plays at practice,” Sterk said.

Whitworth was able to keep the pressure up directly following their goal with a series of attacks.

Much of Whitworth’s success came from its ability to work the ball around the field, highlighted by strong passing between members of the backline. Freshman goalkeeper Andrea Stump was able to control the ball and distribute it well in the back. Stump had a great game with seven total saves.

Stump’s performance was highlighted by a save during which she punched a Lewis & Clark shot off the crossbar to save the goal. Five of her saves came in the second half.

The second and final goal of the match came near the end of the first half. During the 39th minute, Sterk came down the field on a breakaway and found Pajimola, who finished the play with a shot past the Lewis & Clark goalkeeper into the middle left of the goal.

“I was just trying to read the defense and decide if  I should take the shot myself,” Sterk said. She saw that Pajimola had a better opportunity. It paid off and doubled Whitworth’s lead.

Sunday’s match slated the Pirates against the Willamette Bearcats. The game was scoreless in the first half, in an evenly contested battle. Willamette had six shots in the first half, Whitworth had seven.

The momentum shifted in the second half, with Whitworth in control for much of the time.

Whitworth had ten shots to Willamette’s eight, and Willamette’s keeper had five saves to Whitworth’s three.

The first goal of the match came from a corner kick. In the 64th minute, Schilperoort took the kick and Sterk was able to connect with a header after some confusion in the mouth of the goal, very similar to her goal in  Saturday’s game.

The second goal came unassisted by Pajimola. She took a big shot from outside that went to the right upper corner of the goal, just past the Willamette keeper’s fingertips. Pajimola is currently tied for fourth place in conference for goals scored.

The wins bring the Pirates to 3-4 overall, with a 3-0 start to conference play. Next the Bucs will turn their attention to George Fox University and Pacific (Ore.) University as they travel to Oregon to play next weekend.

Whitney Carter Staff Writer

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu.