SALEM - With its leading scorer on the bench with an injury, the Whitman College women's soccer team came up empty in a 2-0 Northwest Conference loss to Willamette here Saturday afternoon.
Whitman, which dropped to 2-4 in the NWC and 4-5 overall, outshot the Bearcats 11-7, which included a 7-3 shot differential in the second half.
But Willamette, now 3-2 and 4-5, scored nine minutes into the game and added an insurance goal late in the second half to rack up the home-field victory.
Sabine Wetzel gave the Bearcats their early 1-0 lead, scoring off a header on what was the first shot of the game. That was it for the scoring in the first half, which ended with both sides taking four shots.
Whitman, playing without top scoring threat Marisa Poorboy, cranked up its offense after intermission, outshooting Willlamette 7-1 over the first 25-plus minutes of the second half.
But the second Bearcat shot of the half, a header by Stephanie Skelly in the 75th minute, found the netting for a 2-0 Willamette lead.
Junior Amy Hasson took four shots for Whitman, putting two on goal. The Missionaries also got two shots each from junior Taylor Chock and first-year midfielder Hallie Swan.
Whitman also worked its way into a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Three of the corners came in the second half.
Poorboy, who was hurt early in the second half of last Sunday's game, started the weekend as the third leading scorer in the NWC. She also ranked third in shots taken per game.
Whitman plays at Linfield today at noon.