ELLENSBURG, Wash. – A quick goal set the pace and the Puget Sound women's soccer team climbed back on top of the Northwest Conference standings with a 2-0 win over Whitworth. Theresa Henle supplied the first goal in the 11th minute and the Loggers (12-4-1, 11-2-1 NWC) outshot the Pirates 33-4.
Henle dribbled down to the end line and made a move into the 18-yard box. She created just enough space between herself and the defender to fire a shot just inside the far post and a 1-0 Logger lead.
The Loggers' attack didn't let up as they outshot the Pirates 15-2 in the first half and 18-2 in the second half. Andrea Stump was rock solid for the Pirates (10-7-2, 10-3-2 NWC) in goal. She made 13 saves to keep the match within reach for her team.
The Loggers second goal came just before halftime at the 43:15 mark. After a Logger corner kick, the ball was kicked around inside the six-yard box. Robin Vieira sent a high arcing ball toward the far post. A Whitworth defender attempted to head it out but the ball deflected off her head and banked in off the post for a 2-0 Logger lead.
After a strong first half, the Loggers continued to apply pressure against Stump and Whitworth's back line but could not find the back of the net. Stump made seven of her saves in the second half to keep the Loggers off the board.
The win vaulted the Loggers back into first place in the NWC standings with two matches left in the regular season. They head down to Lewis & Clark on Saturday and conclude the season at home against Pacific on Sunday at noon.