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Soccer Postgame: Rocky McNeff – 10.10.2015 – Pioneers 4, Whitworth 0



PORTLAND, Ore. — Scoring three goals in an 11-minute span, senior Emily Thompson had her first career hat trick to help the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 4-0 win against the Whitworth Pirates at Griswold Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It was Thompson’s second multi-goal game of her career and her first since her sophomore season when she put in a pair against Benedictine (Ill.) in a 5-1 win.

Megan Ratfield assisted two of Thompson’s goals plus Taylor Hudson’s score in the second half to increase her Northwest Conference-leading assist total to seven. Hudson scored in the 67th minute on a header for the game’s only second half goal.

Ratfield’s seven assists is a new modern-era record for assists in a season, surpassing Lisa Housman and Emilia Emmetti who each had five. Housman had hers in 2005 while Emmetti posted that total in 2012.

“We were just focusing on the one game in front of us and what we had to do,” said Thompson. “Everyone came out really hard even after that stop in the middle. It was a team effort today.”

The game was paused in the middle of the first half when Whitworth freshman Kelly Wucherer had to be taken off by ambulance with an injury. Last week, Lewis & Clark was in a similar position when freshman Mali PetersonWood was taken by ambulance during a 3-1 loss to Linfield.

“We had the momentum before that,” said Thompson about the delay. “We were kind of like ‘we have another chance to set the tempo,’ and so, that’s what we did.”

“We’ve been really focusing during practices on just this game and it was all about beating Whitworth,” said assistant coach Rocky McNeff. “I think our mentality really pushed us forward.

[Lately] we had just gone into games like we usually had, so we had to change something up and mentally I think we were just in it for this game.”

The Pioneers entered Saturday’s contest off losses in both matches last week and nine points out of first place in the Northwest Conference. First place Willamette also won on Saturday to remain ahead of Lewis & Clark by nine points, but the Pios pulled even with Whitworth for fourth place.

Lewis & Clark freshman goalkeeper Sandra Alvarenga (1-0) earned the first decision of her career saving all five shots she faced to also get her first-ever shutout. She made three saves in the first 30 minutes of the match on shots by DeNae Vandam, Tatem Fredrickson and Tiara Pajimola. The rest of her saves were in the second half: one in the 64th minute on a shot by Jennifer Loehner and another in the 74th minute by Vandam.

Thompson’s first goal came in the 22nd minute when Ratfield’s corner was headed into the goal by a leaping Thompson. After Rochelle Jordan missed wide right in the 24th minute, Thompson sent a cross from the right edge of the box, and it appeared that Anna Thorndike had kicked it in. Turns out, Thorndike didn’t contact the ball, but Thompson still credits her for the score.

“I crossed it and [Thorndike] made the run and distracted the keeper so it went in,” said Thompson.

In the 33rd minute, Thompson was able to redirect Ratfield’s low cross from the right corner to score in the far left post.

Thompson had seven shots in the first half, missing wide, high and forcing an Andrea Stump save. One other shot was blocked by Whitworth in addition to the three goals.

Overall, the Pios held a 16-7 advantage in shots and an 8-1 edge in corner kicks in the match.

Lewis & Clark plays its next three games at home including Sunday when the Pios host Whitman at noon.

McNeff thinks mindset will once again be huge for Lewis & Clark.

“Right now, it’s not about celebrating,” said McNeff. “It’s about keeping our head in the game and thinking about tomorrow and doing the same thing we did today.”

Whitman didn’t play on Saturday after a 1-1 home draw with Puget Sound last Sunday.

Other Northwest Conference Games – Saturday

Puget Sound 3, George Fox 0
Pacific Lutheran 1, Linfield 0
Willamette 1, Pacific 0

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