Megan Lienhard had a hat trick as No. 2-ranked Seattle Pacific overwhelmed Northwest Nazarene 7-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference...
Megan Lienhard had a hat trick as No. 2-ranked Seattle Pacific overwhelmed Northwest Nazarene 7-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s game last night at Interbay Stadium.
The Falcons (14-0-2, 7-0-1 GNAC) pushed their regular-season unbeaten streak to 53 games (49-0-4) with the victory over the Crusaders (4-11-1, 1-7-0 GNAC). Seattle Pacific has not lost a conference match in its last 40 games (37-0-3) and is vying for its fourth straight GNAC title.
Lienhard scored her first goal of the night amid an 8-minute, 18-second span in the first half in which the Falcons hit the net four times. The senior forward finished a rebound off a Sarah Martinez shot that struck the crossbar. SPU led 4-0 at halftime.
Lienhard scored her second and third goals in the second half. It was the second hat trick of Lienhard’s career. The Falcons got two goals from Martinez.
Other women’s games
• With its top three scorers notching one goal apiece, visiting Pacific Lutheran came from behind to defeat George Fox 3-1 in a Northwest Conference women’s soccer match yesterday afternoon at Morse Field in Newberg, Ore.
George Fox, snapping a string of five consecutive scoreless games, got on the board first when Lindsay Jacobs collected her first goal of the season, lining a shot from the left into the right corner of the net from 5 yards out at the 19:47 mark of the first half.
Less than three minutes later, the Lutes knotted the game on Andrea Gabler’s ninth goal of the season on an assist from Megan Shannon. Shannon also assisted on the go-ahead goal at 36:27 when her throw-in went to Christina McDuffie, who turned and drilled a shot from 20 yards for, her fifth goal of the year.
PLU added quickly to its 2-1 halftime lead when Shannon scored her eighth goal just 46 seconds into the second half.
Pacific Lutheran improved to 10-4-1 and 8-3-1 in the league, and George Fox fell to 3-11-1 overall and 1-10-1 in the conference.
• Evergreen State lost for the first time in 20 games, dating to last season, in a 2-0 loss to Concordia in Olympia.
The Geoducks (10-1-4) played the second half without top scorer Alisha White, who was injured late in the first half.
• Seattle Pacific’s game at Humboldt State was postponed after dense fog has kept the No. 5-ranked Falcons stranded in Redding, Calif., since Friday afternoon.
Flights into Eureka, Calif., were canceled due to the fog. SPU coach Cliff McCrath said lack of visibility in that area also made it impossible to arrange for a charter bus from Redding to Arcata, Calif., where the Great Northwest Athletic Conference game was scheduled.
It is uncertain whether the game will be rescheduled. SPU (10-2-3) is next scheduled to play Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Thursday.
• Kevin Murray, the Northwest Conference’s leading scorer, assisted on a second-half goal that broke a scoreless tie and later added an insurance goal himself, lifting Pacific Lutheran past George Fox 2-0 in Newberg, Ore.
PLU improved to 10-6 overall, 6-4 in the league. George Fox fell to 2-12 overall and 1-9 in the conference while suffering its ninth shutout of the season, a team season record.
• Evergreen State (10-4) rolled to an 8-0 win over Cascade College.
Compiled from sports-information department reports.
Local college summaries
Pacific Lutheran 2, George Fox 0 (PLU goals — 1. 57:22, Karamatic (Murray), 2. 81:38, Murray (Pettit). Shots — PLU 17, GF 3. Saves — PLU 1 (Harman), GF 4 (Putnam).)
Pacific Lutheran 3, George Fox 1 (GF goal — 1. 19:47, Jacobs (Ah Choy). PLU goals — 1. 22:22, Gabler (Shannon), 2. 36:27, McDuffie (Shannon), 3. 45:46, Shannon (Northcutt). PLU Shots — PLU 13, GF 10. Saves — PLU 4 (Blackburn 1, Tschauner 3); GF 8 (Cardwell).)
No. 2 Seattle Pacific 7, Northwest Nazarene 0 (SPU goals — 1, Martinez (Jacobson) 15:28; 2, Jacobson (Martinez, Lienhard) 17:29; 3, Lienhard (un) 21:31; 4, Nason (K. Taylor) 23:10; 5, Lienhard (Jacobson) 45:59; 6, Martinez (Lovejoy) 63:29; 7, Lienhard (Oakes) 66:04. Shots — SPU 24, NNU 4. Corner Kicks — SPU 9, NNU 0. Saves — SPU 2 (Burns 2, Ruggles, Pierce), Merrell 9. Fouls — SPU 7, NNU 4.)