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The second half tally by Pajimola was nearly overshadowed in the final four minutes when each side saw efforts go off the crossbar.
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Each side only had one good opportunity in the first half. Southwestern nearly caught a break in the 38th when a clearance out of the back was blocked, falling to an open Krysta Maples, whose shot was deflected just wide.
With 12 minutes left in the half, a ball played forward behind the Southwestern defense allowed Molly Smith (Missoula, MT) to run onto it and drive deep into the box with space before cutting to goal and hitting the left post from about nine yards out.
“We were organized; we moved the ball real well,” said head coach Jael Hagerott. “They sat back deeper and that was a challenge for us learning how to – we switched the field well, but how can we penetrate and get out.“
The tight contest, dictated by the packed-in defensive stance of the visitors, limited the number of quality chances for the Pirates aside from shots from well outside the box.
In the 31st minute, however, Whitworth finally broke through.
“We went with a tighter roster this year, so it’s important that every player contributes. They have been; very pleased overall with our freshman class so far, the sophomores are stepping up and we have good leadership from our seniors and juniors.”
Three minutes later Southwest began to press matters on the offensive end and had the first their few chances in the second half. Sarah Bevins unleashed a nice shot from about 24 yards out on the left side that was just over the goal.
It looked for certain like the visitors had the equalizer in 74th minute, but Whitworth netminder Andrea Stump made a stunning stop. Hayley Warriner got a low shot off from just outside the arc on a broken play that looked headed to the back of the net, but Stump fully extended herself to make a fantastic sprawling save at the last moment, parrying it wide.
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Kristina Hulse, who nearly led her side to a comeback result in their 2-1 loss against Whitworth the day before, paced the Regals in a dominant performance against the Lutes. She scored the opener in the 20th minute and then set up Nicole Campbell in the 39th to double the advantage. Brittany Eremita pushed the game out of reach just over a minute into the second half and Hulse added her second of the day in the 82nd minute off a corner kick.