KIRKLAND, Wash. - Walla Walla University nearly ended Northwest University's perfect start to its 2010 season Friday, but the Eagles were able to run their record to 3-0 with a 2-1 home win.
Northwest got on the scoreboard early, scoring just 2 minutes and 49 seconds into the first half as Luke Fischer put one in the net straight away from 8 yards out.
Walla Walla's Kevin Nateras tied the score 12 minutes later on a through ball as shot it past the NU goalkeeper from 15 yards out. Northwest goalie, Brian Swanson made the save of the day as he saved almost a sure goal off Nateras' shot on a breakaway from 18 yards out at the 39:19 mark.
The Eagles' James Kerr got the game winner with 17:15 left on the clock in the second half off assists from Alex Taylor and Kyle Tatro. It was Kerr's third goal in two days. NU out shot WWU 28-6 but Walla Walla's defense held tough and goalkeeper, Eric Coon made 6 saves on the day.
"It was a tough game today for the guys," Northwest head coach McIntosh said. "This was their third game in four days and they had to work hard for this win. It did not come easy, Walla Walla was aggressive and worked very hard today. The guys deserve to be 3-0 at this point and it is a good start for the team."
Walla Walla's next game is Wednesday in Salem, Ore., against Corban College.