Fikso’s header the difference in Lewis & Clark win over Bruins

Fikso’s header the difference in Lewis & Clark win over Bruins

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Isobel Fikso's first goal of the season put the Lewis & Clark Pioneers ahead for good in a 1-0 win over George Fox on Wednesday night at Griswold Stadium.

Fikso scored off classmate Rochelle Jordan's corner kick in the 55th minute for the senior captain's first goal of the season. It was Jordan's third assist of the year, which is tied for third-most in the Northwest Conference.

"This was a huge win especially because we lost to George Fox in the opener and it felt terrible," said Fikso, who is a three-time All-NWC selection. "Coming out of this game on our home field winning feels really good and having a win as our first game in the second-half of the season I'm hoping will give us the momentum we need."

The Pioneers were outshot in both halves and by a total of 13-7 in the match. Lewis & Clark held an advantage, 3-0, on corner kicks.

Anna Saucedo had two shots in the opening 45 minutes including a chance near the right post that went high. George Fox had eight shots before halftime with Cassie Wilson and Savannah Moisan attempting two apiece.

Following Fikso's goal, Caroline Hennes had a shot blocked by a George Fox defender and then forced a save by the Bruins goalkeeper, Morgan Bars, who also saved a shot by Lulu Adams a minute later. Hennes is tied for the NWC lead in goals scored this season with six.

Lewis & Clark's starting goalkeeper, Hannah Osmundson, had six first-half saves as she faced a variety of shots. She ended the game with eight.

Osmundson was part of a mostly-freshman backline for Lewis & Clark that kept an attacking George Fox offense without a goal.

"Our freshman have been doing a really good job," said Fikso, who primarily plays as a defender. "If you watch us play, there are moments where there aren't a lot of seniors on the field. Paige Barta and Alexa Hanson have been really good on our back line. They're both really attacking-minded."

Lewis & Clark ranks sixth in the conference in goals scored this season.

The Pioneers play host to Linfield on Sunday at noon.