By Rockne Roll • Multimedia Journalist • 

Pirates and Pioneers draw again

DAYTON - Different location, same result.

The Lady Pioneers soccer club once again held off Dayton's offensive onslaught to keep the Pirates to a one-all draw at Dayton High School on Thursday in their Clas 3A/2A/1A Special District 3 girls soccer match. 

The Pirates took an early advantage after April Anguiano lined up a shot in front off a free kick, but the Lady Pios equalized three minutes later as Nancy Arroyo took down a Western Mennonite player in front of the net on a breakaway. Arroyo was shown the caution and Madison Hull converted the penalty kick to tie the game.

Dayton put the pedal down all through the second half, but the Western back line and goaltender Emma Gibb held fast all through the back half. Gibb had a scare when, after playing ahead on a Western corner kick, she was forced to sprint the length of the field to get back to her goal to stymie a Dayton breakaway, which ended when Elizabeth Meaders missed high. 

Due to the OSAA-enforced forfeitures from earlier in the season for the Pirates, Thursday's match marks the first time that Western has failed to take a win away from a game against Dayton. The draw snapped a three-match winning streak, and the Lady Pios' goal was the first allowed by Dayton since the last time they played Western. 

Western (8-2-2, 7-0-2 SD3) hosts Gervais on Monday, while Dayton (3-7-1, 3-4-1 SD3) will visit Amity. Both matches are schedule for 4:15 p.m.

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