FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Despite outshooting the opposition 13-5 in the second half, the Whitman College women's soccer team saw its comeback hopes fall short in a 2-1 Northwest Conference loss to Pacific University here Sunday afternoon.
Whitman, after playing its first three NWC games on the road, is 1-2 in the early standings and 3-3 on the season. Pacific is 2-1 and 2-4-1 overall.
The Boxers jumped in front in the 12th minute of the first half when Tianna Homad scored off a free kick rebound.
Ahead 1-0 at the break, it took Pacific just 27 seconds at the start of the second half to score again, upping its lead to 2-0.
Whitman cranked its offense into high gear for the rest of the half and finally trimmed its deficit to 2-1 when sophomore Julianne Masser scored with more than 11 minutes left to play.
It was the third goal of the season for Masser, who scored from 10 yards after dribbling free from a break-away pass.
The Missionaries managed just one more shot the rest of the way.
Kelsey Roehner, a first-year midfielder, took that shot with two minutes left, forcing Pacific keeper Brittany Hartmann to make her fourth and final save.
Masser led Whitman's 15-shot attack with four attempts. The Missionaries also got three shots apiece from sophomores Jaclyn Rudd and Marisa Poorboy.
Whitman, which has played five of its six games on the road, hosts its NWC openers next Saturday and Sunday against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. Both games start at noon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.