TACOMA - Eight days after scoring the lone goal to beat Whitworth, Sam Freedman struck again on Sunday - this time with just 12 seconds left on the clock - as Whitman College pinned a 1-0 Northwest Conference defeat on Pacific Lutheran.
Freedman's team-leading fifth goal of the season was a beauty.
The speedy junior got behind the defense at the end of a long cross from freshman Reid Shaw on the right side of the field. Freedman gathered the ball at the far post and lofted a shot up and over 6-foot-3 Pacific Lutheran goalkeeper to the right corner of the net.
Whitman, which has played seven of its first nine NWC games on the road, improved to 4-3-2 in conference, and now plays its last five regular season games at home.
Pacific Lutheran had a four-game winning streak snapped, slipping to 6-3 in the NWC. The Lutes are in second place with 18 points, four points back of first-place Pacific.
A four-team logjam trails Pacific Lutheran in the latest standings. Puget Sound (4-2-3) and Linfield (5-4) are tied for third with 15 points, one point ahead of Whitman and two points in front of Whitworth.
Michael Bathurst, a first-year sophomore, got the shutout in goal for the Missionaries. He made eight saves - four in each half - against 19 shots to collect his second shutout of the season in his fifth start.
Bathurst made three of his saves in the first four minutes of the second half, twice stopping shots by Lucas McCallum after he got behind the Missionary defense.
With 23 minutes left to play and the game still scoreless, Whitman sophomore Leland Matthaeus launched a free kick that Pacific Lutheran keeper Brian Kostol tipped off the crossbar.
Senior Cooper Crosby and freshman Junpei Tsuiji also put shots on goal for Whitman.
The Missionaries host Pacific and George Fox Saturday and Sunday. Both games start at 2:30 p.m.