Missionary soccer defense can't hold Pirates

Top-ranked Whitworth takes a 3-0 soccer victory off Whitman Wednesday.

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Whitman's Kate Potter doing a bit of high-stepping as she kicks around Whitworth's Courtney Larson in front of Whitworth's goal.

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Whitman GK Lauren Brougham gets the 1st half save in traffic against Whitworth Wednesday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA - Plowing through early holes in the Whitman College defense, Whitworth University scored three times in the first 16 minutes of play en route to a 3-0 women's soccer victory Wednesday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

The mid-week win moves the Pirates to the top of the Northwest Conference standings with an 8-1 record (10-3 overall).

The loss dropped Whitman to 3-6 in conference and 5-7 overall.

Nimble-footed Cory Druffel got Whitworth off to a quick start, weaving around two defenders to score at point-blank range with just 96 seconds elapsed off the first-half clock.

Seven minutes later, when Kelsey Griswold got her head on a Pirate corner kick, the ball came down in a perfect spot, slipping just below the crossbar and just over a defender's head before kicking off the inside of the far post and into the net.

It took Whitworth just seven minutes more to stretch its lead to 3-0. A loose ball in front of the Whitman net was finally escorted into the net by Molly Moore, who scored the lone goal a month ago when the Pirates won this season's first meeting between the two teams in Spokane.

Whitman, outshot 7-3 in the first half, lost one of its primary offensive weapons when junior Amy Hasson was sidelined by injury in the seventh minute of play. She did not return.

With both sides substituting freely in the second half, Whitworth outshot their hosts 10-0 over the final 45 minutes.

Whitworth's Callie Bergstrom made one save to get the shutout in goal. Whitman's Lauren Brougham finished with five saves.

Both teams head to Tacoma this weekend to take turns playing Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

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