PHOENIX, Az. (Oct. 9)Jessica Gerstmann
gathered in a rebound off a saved shot and scored late in the game
to lift No. 19-ranked Seattle Pacific University to a 2-1 victory
over Dixie State in a non-conference womens soccer match
Monday at Phoenix.
Gerstmanns (Jr., Puyallup, Wa./Cascade
Christian) strike came just after Dixie State goalkeeper Suzy Hunt
batted down Alex Kirks (Fr., Edmonds, Wa./Edmonds-Woodway)
attempt in the 83rd-minute. Gerstmann has either scored or
assisted in each of Seattle Pacifics last three matches.
The Rebels Mikala Wilkes knotted the game
at one apiece in the 62nd-minute.
Kirk had earlier opened up match scoring at
29:27 with assistance from midfielder Kara Hamby (Jr., Spokane,
Wa./Mead) when she slotted an eight-yard shot to the low left
corner off Hambys 30-yard diagonal pass. Kirk has two goals
in the Falcons last two matches.
Seattle Pacific (12-3-0) out-shot Dixie 15-5,
and held a five to two advantage on corner-kicks. Hunt registered
a match-high three saves; SPUs Katie Ruggles (Sr., Eugene,
Or./South Eugene) had one.
The Falcons resume Great Northwest Athletic
Conference play at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. Seattle Pacific
returns to its home turf of Interbay Oct. 17, to host Western
Washington in the first installment of the final home stand of the
Scoring 1) SPU, Kirk (Hamby) 26:35; 2)
DIX, Wilkes (Trickey) 61:10; 3) SPU, Gerstmann (Kirk) 82:25.
Shots SPU 15, DIX 5.
Saves DIX (Hunt 3), SPU (Ruggles 1).
C. Kicks SPU 5, DIX 2.
Fouls DIX 9, SPU 8.
Cautions - none