Lankey provides spark for Boxers

The Pacific women’s soccer team won twice over the weekend on its annual eastern Washington road trip, and freshman Kara Lankey was named Northwest Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week for her role in both victories.

The Boxers posted a 4-1 win over Whitman on Saturday, getting two goals from Lankey, and the team earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Whitworth on Sunday, with Lankey scoring both Pacific goals.

Against Whitman, Lankey scored twice in the first half as the Boxers built a 2-0 halftime advantage. The Missionaries battled back with a goal less than two minutes into the second half, but Pacific added some insurance with McKenna Davidson’s 68th-minute goal and Ashley Park-Hunt’s 83rd-minute strike.

The next day against Whitworth, Pacific (6-1-2, 3-1-1 NWC) had to play from behind after giving up a goal in the 17th minute. Lankey came to the rescue in the second half, tying the game at 1-1 on an assist from Park-Hunt in the 61st minute, then putting the Boxers ahead for good with the game-winner in the 67th minute.

“What I really liked about our performance today was the fact that we strung together about 80 minutes of top quality football,” Pacific coach Morgan Joseph said. “Kara again showed why she is amongst the best (in the conference).”

Astoria too much for Banks soccer

The Banks boys soccer team pulled a fast one against Astoria last Thursday in Cowapa League action, but it was not enough in the end.

The Braves scored the first goal of the match at Kelly Field, but the Fishermen responded with two goals before halftime and three more in the second period en route to a 5-1 victory.

Coupled with a 3-1 defeat at Scappoose to open up the league schedule last Tuesday, Banks fell to 2-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in Cowapa play.

“They had a couple of great goals ... ones where you’re like, ‘Oh wow, I’d like to see them try to do that again,’” Banks coach Connor Campbell said. “Kind of like a combo of luck and skill, but definitely you have to be both to be able to do well in soccer. It was a very talented team, obviously. I think that our guys did well.”

Astoria has won six Cowapa League titles over the past seven seasons, but Banks showed no hesitation in striking first. After a poor Astoria goal kick, Levi Pinyerd won the ball and centered it to his right to Riley Philippi for an easy finish.

“This will probably sound a little bit cocky, but I wasn’t surprised to see us get the first goal just because I’ve seen the guys do well, and I know that when we play our game, we can play with anyone,” Campbell noted. “Just a matter of executing.”

But the lead did not last long. Almost immediately after the restart, Astoria drove the other way down the field, and Liam Loughran ripped a shot over Braves goalkeeper Kurtis Pipkin for the equalizer. Hector Chavez tallied the eventual game-winner not long after, sending a shot past Pipkin on a half-volley.

That meant that the Braves were looking to pick up their first league win on Tuesday, when they hosted Seaside (results not available at press deadline). Banks travels to Tillamook on Thursday.

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