Whitman College men's soccer settles for 1-1 stalemate

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TACOMA - Whitman and Puget Sound battled through double-overtime here Saturday in Northwest Conference men's soccer action, but settled for a 1-1 stalemate.

"We were just a bit unfortunate today," said Whitman coach Mike Washington.

After freshman Chris Perkins booted his first collegiate goal early in the second half, Whitman was within five minutes of a 1-0 victory when Puget Sound's Kyle Benson gathered a ricochet and knocked it home to send the game to overtime.

In the seventh minute of the first extra session, Whitman senior Conner Bottomly spanked a ball off the crossbar that came within inches of giving the Missionaries a win.

Whitman outshot the Loggers 3-0 in the two 10-minute overtime periods, but with neither side scoring, the game ended in a tie.

Perkins headed home his goal in the the second half, redirecting a crossing pass from Bottomly.

Puget Sound cashed in the equalizer in the 86th when a long ball bounced for another player to Benson for an open shot at the net.

"Puget Sound tends to play a lot of long balls," Washington said. "They basically just hurl balls at you like a cannon.

"Except for one unlucky bounce near the end of regulation," he added, "our defense did a good job of dealing with their pressure."

Michael Bathurst went the distance in goal for the Missionaries, making three saves. Sophomore Leland Matthaeus paced Whitman's offense with four shots.

Whitman is now 3-3-2 in the NWC and 5-6-3 on the season. The Missionaries play Pacific Lutheran at 2 p.m. today.

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