Women’s soccer scrambles to salvage 10 wins

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This past weekend brought about a much-needed victory in the second of two weekend games for the Pacific University women’s soccer team.

After losing six of their last seven, including four losses in a row and six scoreless games, the Boxers beat Whitman for the second time this season on a goal by freshman McKenna Davidson in the 81st minute of regulation.

With six wins and seven losses on the season, the Boxers will have to win the rest of their four games to repeat a 10 win season for the first time in school history.

Last year the Boxers won 10 games, which is the most they’ve won since 2002, when they won 11.

The four seniors on the team, who have worked with coach Morgan Crabtree and husband Dane Joseph for three years, have played admirably in their final run. Kaitlyn Harper leads the Boxers in shots (24) and shots on goal (10) and is tied for second in points (6). Sarah Tuffey is second on the team in shots (18) and is tied for second in points (6).  Kristen Dick has seven shots on the season, with three of them being shots on goal.

Brittany Hartmann has been struggling to repeat the same level of success that she enjoyed a year ago, but is still one of the top goalkeepers in the Northwest Conference.

In 13 games played, she has a 1.25 goals against average, 71 saves, a .807 save percentage and three shutout games.

On a roster full of both veterans and newcomers, Vanguard University transfer Kamryn Plechot has made a name for herself as a Boxer.

Having started 12 games for the Boxers, Plechot leads the team with seven points on the season. Her 17 shots make her third on the team, behind Harper and Tuffey.

Freshman Lyndsey Watanabe has also won the affection from her team and coaches.  Nicknamed “Ms. Reliable” by Dane Joseph, the five-foot-tall Watanabe has seen ample playing time this season.  Her speed and competitiveness on the field leads to many scoring opportunities for the Boxers.

Davidson, who scored the game-winning goal to beat the Missionaries, has also been a standout player for the Boxers.  The freshman’s five points mark her at third on the team, behind Plechot, Harper and Tuffey (6).

Oct. 27 and 28 will be the Boxers’ final home matches of the regular season against Pacific Lutheran and Linfield universities.

The women’s soccer team tied Pacific Lutheran 1-1 earlier this season and lost to Linfield 0-2, both as the away team.


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