McMINNVILLE, Ore. - A second-half own goal was the difference as Whitman College dropped a 2-1 men's soccer decision to Linfield Sunday afternoon in McMinnville, Ore.
The game, scoreless through the first 69 minutes, tipped in Linfield's favor when Hector Camacho got free on the left side and lobbed a shot over Whitman keeper Tim Shu into the right corner of the net.
Linfield doubled its lead four minutes later when the ball sliced off the side off of a Whitman defender's foot and trickled backward into the Missionary goal.
"We played okay in the back, but those two goals in a short bit of time put us in a hole," Whitman coach Mike Washington said. "Little mistakes made a big difference."
Whitman jumped back into the game when junior Sam Freedman finished a goal-mouth scramble in the 78th minute. It was his third goal of the season.
The Missionaries finished with 10 shots, seven of which came in the second half.
Sophomore Leland Matthaeus led the way with four shots, four of which he put on goal. Junior Nathan Ord and freshman Michael Axelson took two shots apiece.
Shu made six saves against 17 Linfield shots. The senior keeper drew a red card, however, with less a minute to play when he punched away a ball while he was outside the goalie box.
The Missionaries return to the road for two games on the weekend of Oct. 16-17 but then play their final five NWC games at home.