Missionary men's soccer team falters against NWC-leading Whitworth, 1-0

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WALLA WALLA — After controlling the first half but failing to score, Whitman College gave up a goal midway through the second half to surrender a 1-0 men’s soccer decision to conference-leading Whitworth University Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.


Whitman, now 2-4-1 in the Northwest Conference, has dropped all four of its league losses by a single goal.


The Missionaries outshot Whitworth 8-7 in the first half, forcing the Pirate keeper to make three saves. Meanwhile, the vistors didn’t threaten Whitman with a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes of play.


Whitworth cranked up its offense in the second half, outshooting Whitman 10-4 and getting the game’s only goal from Justin Meyer in the 77th minute of play.


Keith Kirsch and Cameron Bushey took four shots apiece to pace the Pirate offense. Todd Wallenius had four shots for Whitman, and Chris Reid put two of his three shots on goal.


Whitman, 3-6-2 overall, starts the second half of the NWC season this weekend at home. It hosts Puget Sound on Saturday and Pacific Lutheran on Sunday. Both game start at 2:30 p.m. at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

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