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Pacific offense vanishes

soccer - Boxers can't find their scoring stride in three straight losses

The Pacific women's soccer team scored nine goals in its first four games en route to a unbeaten record. Now, that scoring punch is suddenly gone and the Boxers have lost their last three matches - all in Northwest Conference play.

There is no obvious reason for Pacific's offensive futility of late, but the problem began in a 1-0 loss to Pacific Lutheran last Saturday. This past weekend the Boxers (2-3-2) suffered a 5-1 setback against Whitman on Saturday and a 1-0 overtime loss against Whitworth on Sunday.

Against Whitworth, Pacific battled valiantly for 90 minutes to force overtime, but the Pirates got a goal from Jael Hagerott in the first minute of the extra session to post a 1-0 victory.

Although the final score was close, Whitworth dominated the match and held a 17-5 shot advantage, including a 10-1 differential in the second half.

Saturday's affair with Whitman was similar, but the Missionaries made their opportunities count. Sammie Arthur netted Whitman's first goal in the 25th minute and three minutes later Kristen Berndt followed with a header that made it 2-0. Berndt struck paydirt again in the 31st minute, giving Whitman a 3-0 halftime lead.

Pacific's only goal came in the 77th minute when Tessa Krebs banged home a deflection off a Becca Roth shot.

Whitman slammed the door with two goals in the final 10 minutes, however.

Pacific will look to jump-start its offense this week. The Boxers host Lewis and Clark today, then travel to George Fox for a doubleheader with the Pacific men.