Whitman men defeat George Fox in soccer match

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NEWBERG, Ore. - Leland Matthaeus booted his second goal of the season, Conner Bottomly dished two assists and goalkeeper Tim Shu notched his second shutout in three starts as Whitman College defeated George Fox Friday night.

The Missionaries won, 2-0.

Sam Freedman also scored for the Missionaries as they won their NWC opener and improved to 2-3-1 on the season. The loss dropped the Bruins to 0-1 in conference and 0-3-1 overall.

Whitman grabbed the early lead at the 14:56 mark of the first half when Matthaeus gathered a through ball from Bottomly and scored from 15 yards out. That was it for the scoring prior to intermission, which ended with George Fox nursing a 7-6 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.

The Missionaries took over in the second stanza, outshooting George Fox 10-2 over the final 45 minutes.

Freedman gave Whitman some breathing room in the 78th minute, sending a five-yard strike into the netting off a crossing pass from Bottomly. It was Freedman's second goal of the season.

Bottomly, a senior, added to the offense with a team-high four shots, two of which were on goal.

Whitman also got three shots from Freedman and two each from senior Cooper Crosby, sophomore Andrew Clark and freshmen Junpei Tsuji and Riley Hernandez.

In goal for the Missionaries, Shu made four saves to get his second 2-0 shutout of the season.

Whitman and George Fox split their season series last fall, but the Missionaries have dominated over the past several years, rolling to a 12-3-2 record against the Bruins since 2002.

Whitman travels to Forest Grove, Ore., today for a 2:30 p.m. NWC match against Pacific.

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