By Zachary Lerman
This past weekend, the Lewis & Clark women’s soccer team had a two-game homestand against fellow Northwestern conference rivals. On the afternoon of Oct. 13, the Pios took on Whitman and played Whitworth the following day.
Before the doubleheader, the Pios had an overall 2-5-2 record with a 1-5-2 Northwestern Conference record so far this season, winning one out of their last six games. Both of their wins this season have come at home. The highest scorer so far this season for the Pios is forward Kennie Beighle ’21, who has four goals in ten games this season. The ladies have allowed an average of 1.9 goals per game and have scored 1.17 per game.
On Oct. 13, the Pioneers won 2-1 in a overtime game against Whitman. Caroline Hennes ’20 scored the first goal of the match and her third of the year in the 18th minute from ten yards out. Whitman’s Eliza Van Wetter scored just before halftime to tie the game up. No goals were scored in the second half.
Halfway through overtime, Mckenzie Wingard ’21 scored her fourth goal of the season to give the Pios the lead. In total the Pios outshot Whitman 18 to 7 in a dominant performance where goalkeeper Hannah Osmundson ’20 only faced three shots all match.
LC finished their games that weekend with a 5-1 loss to Whitworth on Oct. 15. The Pios had their worst defensive performance of the year, having never allowed more than four goals per game. The Pios started the game well but conceded three goals in the first half, one of them being a penalty kick. LC scored in the beginning of the second half after Courtney Schmidt ’21 finished a pass from Kennie Beighle ’21. This was Schmidt’s second goal of her LC career.
Whitworth then scored twice more to give the visitors the 5-1 lead. Over the course of the game, the Pioneers were outshot nine to six in the match. Pioneer goalkeeper Hannah Osmundson ’20 allowed a season high four goals while Emily Schmelling ’20 allowed in her first goal of the season.
After the match striker Schmidt said, “We need to focus on the little things like constant effort, first touch, making the right decisions at the right time”
Schmidt doesn’t, “…we will make the playoffs this year, but it is a good goal for the future”.
After the weekend, the Pioneers have an overall record of 3-9-1 with a record of 2-7-1 in the Northwestern Conference.