Whitman men soccer team settles for draw with Willamette

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SALEM - Whitman College outshot Willamette 19-7 on the day but had to settle for 1-1 double-overtime tie in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Saturday afternoon.

Whitman, now 2-2-1 in the NWC and 4-5-2 overall, picked up its lone goal in the 11th minute of the first half when freshman Michael Axelson flicked home a sideline throw-in from sophomore Leland Matthaeus.

The Bearcats (1-3-1, 3-5-2) answered in the 27th minute when Brandon Shiluk headed home a ball to square the game at 1-1.

Whitman dominated the second half, firing off 12 shots to just two for Willamette.

"We outplayed them in the second half," Whitman coach Mike Washington said. "That was true for the first 20 minutes of the game, the final 45 minutes of regulation and the two overtime periods."

The Missionaries failed to capitalize on a handful of great looks at the net, Washington said. "Their keeper made a couple of great stops, and we just missed wide a few times."

Matthaeus sparked the Whitman offense with seven shots. Axelson finished with five shots, including two on goal. Senior Conner Bottomly added four shots while sophomore Andrew Clark had two.

Tim Shu, Whitman's senior keeper, made two saves - one in each half - while surrendering only his second goal of the season.

Whitman stays in western Oregon to play Linfield at 2:30 p.m. today in McMinnville.

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