Whitman claimed its first women's soccer victory of the year with a 1-0 win over Capital University Friday

The Missionary women's soccer team loses to Cal-Santa Cruz 4-0 Saturday in non-league soccer play in Spokane.


SPOKANE -- The University of California-Santa Cruz scored twice in each half to blank the Whitman College women's soccer team 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Spokane. The loss left the Whits with a 1-1 record on the weekend after defeating Capital University of Ohio 1-0 in a Friday match. The Banana Slugs, now 4-1 on the season, outshot Whitman 18-5 in Sunday's match, which included an 8-3 bulge in shots on goal. "Santa Cruz is a good team with a lot of speed, and they played well today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "They do a great job defensively and disrupted a lot of what we tried to do with our offense. They kept us from generating any rhythm." Senior Corina Gabbert, who took three of Whitman's five shots, nearly staked the Missionaries to a 1-0 lead early in the first half. But goalkeeper Monica Chasen dove to her right to stop Gabbert's one-on-one opportunity. "That was a big-time save," Shields said. Wendy Funk got Santa Cruz on the scoreboard in the 19th minute of play with a scoring strike from the right side of the box. Funk then assisted on a second goal to stake her squad to a 2-0 halftime lead. Sarah Damert tallied both Banana Slug goals after intermission. "We didn't have any small mistakes today," Shields said. "They were all big mistakes, and they capitalized on every one of them." Gabbert nearly spoiled the Santa Cruz shutout with another one-on-one opportunity in the second half, but a kick save by a second Banana Slug keeper, Janneke Lang, turned aside that shot. DeeDee McCormick and Kate Potter also took shots for the Missionaries. "We had a number of people play well in this weekend's games," Shields said. "We have a good nucleus of players as we head into Northwest Conference play. We need to make sure we play a full 90 minutes and don't have any extended lapses." Whitman, 1-2-1 on the year, begins league play at home Wednesday against Whitworth at 2 p.m. and then welcomes George Fox and Pacific on Saturday and Sunday. Both weekend games are set for noon starts. In Friday's game, Kristin Innes scored 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Missionaries to the 1-0 victory over Capital University. Courtney Porter, Whitman's senior goalkeeper, made nine saves for her first shutout of the season. Gabbert, Whitman's leading scorer from a year ago, set the stage for Innes and her game-winning goal. "It was a beautiful play," Shields said. "After Corina got the ball on the left side, she beat a couple of defenders, dribbled straight down the line and then sent a perfect pass to Kristin on the left." Capital, losing for the first time in four games this season, outshot Whitman 5-1 in the first half. Whitman got its offense untracked after intermission, outshooting the Crusaders 9-8. Porter, who earned all-NWC first team honors last season, made six of her nine stops in the second half. Two of those saves came late in regulation, turning back goal-mouth shots by Natasha Ballard. Gabbert paced Whitman's attack with five shots, two on goal. Amy Hasson added two shots.


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