Whitman men drop 1-0 soccer decision to College of Idaho

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NAMPA, Idaho - A second-half goal negated by an offsides ruling was costly as the Whitman College men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 non-conference decision to College of Idaho Sunday afternoon in Nampa, Idaho.

Whitman, slipping to 1-3-1 on the season, thought it had the score squared at 1-1 when sophomore Leland Matthaeus flicked a ball into the net in the seventh minute of the second half.

Three minutes after that scoring play was disallowed by an offsides ruling, Matthaeus nearly struck again, but his left-footed shot at the end of a 2-on-1 breakaway missed just right of the far post.

With 10 minutes left to play, the Missionary attack generated a nifty cross for senior Conner Bottomly, but his scoring chance flew wide left.

The Coyotes dominated play to start the game, uncorking seven shots in the first 15 minutes of action. A ball cleared from the Whitman zone in the eighth minute traveled the length of the field for Mats Boehnke, who won the foot race and flicked the ball past Missionary keeper Tim Shu.

Twenty minutes later, Whitman freshman Riley Hernandez got a cross in front of the Coyote goal and headed the ball over keeper Aaron Reynolds. But on a day when the ball wasn't bouncing Whitman's way, the shot sailed just over the crossbar.

After the initial offensive outburst by the Coyotes, Whitman outshot their hosts 12-10 the rest of the way.

Bottomly keyed the offense with four shots. The Missionaries also got two shots each from Hernandez, Matthaeus and junior Sam Freedman.

Shu finished with eight saves to keep Whitman close.

Whitman return to the road next Friday for its Northwest Conference opener against George Fox in Newberg, Ore.

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