Pacific breaks loose for men's soccer victory over Whitman

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Pacific University men broke loose with three goals over the final 14 minutes to pin a 4-0 defeat on Whitman College in Northwest Conference soccer action here Sunday afternoon.

The Boxers stayed undefeated on the season, improving to 6-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the NWC.

Whitman, playing on the road for the sixth time in seven games to start the season, fell to 2-4-1 and 0-2.

The two squads battled on even terms in a first half that saw Pacific outshoot Whitman by a slight 8-6 margin.

The Boxers took control 90 seconds after the second-half horn, scoring on a Sean Mills header. Whitman nearly pulled even seven minutes later when sophomore Leland Matthaeus clanged a ball of the crossbar.

The Missionaries, although they were outshot 11-2 in the second half, stayed close until Mills struck a second time in the 77th minute, scoring again off a header to give the home team a 2-0 cushion.

The Boxers then pulled away with two more goals in the final eight minutes.

Pacific finished with a 19-8 edge in shots, which included a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Andrew Stevermer got the shutout for the Boxers, making his only save midway through the first half on a shot by junior Jed Jacobson.

Sophomore Andrew Clark, who got off two shots for Whitman, was the only Missionary with more than one.

Whitman, which has played six of its seven games on the road, hosts its NWC openers next Saturday and Sunday against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. Both games start at 2:30 p.m. at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

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