WALLA WALLA -First-year midfielder Hallie Swan registered her first collegiate points, scoring one goal and assisting on a second, as Whitman College posted a 2-0 Northwest Conference soccer victory over Lewis & Clark Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Whitman, improving to 5-6 on the season and 3-5 in the NWC, finally broke through in the 31st minute when Swan lofted a 25-yarder into the upper left corner of the net.
Midfielder MacKenzie Hughes triggered the scoring play with a drop pass and her first college assist.
Lewis & Clark, a young team that started eight first- and second-year players, got its offense going over the last 13 minutes of the first half, uncorking four shots that forced Lauren Brougham, Whitman's junior keeper, to make a save in each case.
First-year Missionary Kelsey Roehner nearly added to the lead in the 66th minute, sidestepping a defender and unleashing a blast from the center of the field that Pioneer keeper Elise Delgado managed to knock away.
Lewis & Clark, now 0-8 in the NWC and 2-8-2 overall, took three of the next four shots.
That mini-Pioneer resurgence ended when Whitman picked up its insurance goal at the 78:08 mark. Swan scrambled for possession on the left side and sent a perfect cross to junior Amy Hasson on the right.
With the ball at her feet and wind at her sails, Hasson easily beat the keeper to the far post for her third goal of the season.
Taylor Chock, a Whitman junior, nearly scored the game's first goal with less than 20 minutes expired off the first-half clock. Chock made a run up the right side and sent a ball to the left corner, where it bounced off the post to the keeper.
Witman outshot Lewis & Clark 16-12 for the game, which included a 9-6 edge in shots on goal.
Hasson put four of her game-high five shots on goal. First-year sophomore Marisa Poorboy took three shots and Roehner added two.
Brougham made six saves for Whitman for her first shutout of the season.
Whitman hosts Whitworth at noon Wednesday.