Fall Sports Summary
WOMEN'S SOCCERThe Lutes finished the season with a 5-10-3 record, the first losing record in the 16-year history of the program.
The losses don't accurately reflect the season. The team met the primary goal of first-year head coach Sue Shinafelt '90: to show continued improvement throughout the course of the campaign.
Working with a young and inexperienced group of players, Shinafelt, a member of two PLU national championship teams, kept her team in the conference playoff race until late in the season. Junior Amy Gardner scored seven goals for the third straight year and led the team in points with 19. Senior goalkeeper Lisa Cole set PLU records for single-season saves with 140 and career saves with 272.
MEN'S SOCCERA young and inexperienced team finished the season with a 4-14-2 overall record, including a 4-9-1 mark in conference. The Lutes posted NCIC victories over league champion Pacific and runner-up George Fox.
Plenty of talent returns next year, including forward John Evermann, who scored four goals, and midfielder Pete Collins, who had three goals.
VOLLEYBALLKevin Aoki '84 took the Lutes to the Northwest Conference playoffs for the first time ever in his initial year as head coach.
The Lutes were led by senior co-captains Kim Baldwin and Beth Jayne. Baldwin, a setter, and Jayne, an outside hitter, finished their four-year careers by earning all-conference honors.
PLU freshman Chris Engel maintains a long lead over the competition, taking first place at the PLU Invitational this fall and earning All-America honors at nationals.
Pacific Lutheran had perhaps its finest men's team ever, winning the Northwest Conference. During the season, the Lutes won all five of the invitiational meets in which they ran.
The senior-dominated team was led by a freshman, though a unique one. Chris Engel is a 28-year-old who is a full-time student and full-time Pierce County fireman who somehow finds time to train enough to run an 8-kilometer race in about 25 minutes. Engel earned All-America honors at nationals.
On the women's side, junior Tanya Robinson earned All-American accord for the second straight year. Robinson helped the Lutes to a second place finish at the conference meet.
Both the men's and women's teams were ranked in the NAIA's top 10 throughout the course of the season.
Paul Ferry of Western Hardwood Inc. paints the Lutes logo on the brand new wood floor in a quiet Olson gym this summer. The room now resounds with shoe squeaks thanks to the floor, which was donated by the Names family and is called Names Court.
FOOTBALLAfter suffering a season-opening loss to Western Washington, the Lutes finished the season with a strong 7-2 record, placing them second in the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges and ranking them 15th in the country. As of press time, the Lutes were set to face Western Washington in the NAIA Division II playoffs. This is the 15th time in 18 years that the Lutes made the playoffs.
Sophomore running back Peter Finstuen smashed his way into the record books with a phenomenal performance in the fourth week of the season against Western Oregon. Finstuen carried the ball 14 times for a school-record 292 yards, and scored five touchdowns to tie another PLU single-game mark.
A new timber roof with a cream-colored ceiling covers the PLU pool reopened this fall after major repairs. The lighter colored ceiling makes the pool area look larger, and new floors, light fixtures and fresh paint give the locker rooms a brighter face.
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