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LEWIS & CLARK 1, GEORGE FOX 0: Pioneers Slog Past Bruins for Rain-Soaked Victory
PORTLAND, Ore. – Raquel McNeff scored the only goal of the game in the first half and the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers hung on for a 1-0 win over the visiting George Fox University Bruins in their home finale, a rain-soaked Northwest Conference women’s soccer match Wednesday night here at Griswold Stadium.
On a night when scoring opportunities were at a premium, the Pioneers capitalized on one of those rare openings at the 33:50 mark of the initial period. McNeff got free following a cross from Sarah Breninger and sent it home for her second score of the season, giving the Pios a 1-0 lead which they took into the halftime.
The Pios made that one-goal lead stand up the rest of the way, despite the Bruins taking five shots to only two for the home team during the second half. In the end, the game was rather evenly contested as Lewis & Clark held only a 10-8 edge in shots, and 6-3 in shots on goal. The Pios also took three corner kicks to one for the Bruins.
Geena Fong made three saves in earning the shutout for the Pios. Alyssa Montero kept the Bruins close by making five stops in goal for George Fox.
George Fox fell to 2-12-5 overall and 2-10-3 in the conference with the setback, which left the Bruins with a split in the season series with the Pioneers. It was their 14th contest of the season to go down as either a tie or a one-goal decision, one short of the team record of 15 ties or one-goal games in 2005. The Bruins have also gone eight straight games without a win, going 0-5-3 in that stretch. Lewis & Clark improved to 3-14-2 overall and 2-12-1 in the NWC, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the process.
NEXT: George Fox closes its season Friday at home against Pacific Lutheran University at 12:00 noon. The Bruins will recognize their five graduating seniors in pre-game ceremonies: Becka Doyle, Shannon Olson, Katelyn Peer, Cori Jo Young, and Cassady Gardner ... Lewis & Clark winds up its season Friday on the road at the University of Puget Sound, also at 12:00 noon.