WALLA WALLA - Whitman dropped a 3-0 Northwest Conference soccer match to Pacific Lutheran Saturday.
The Lutes' Chad Kearns, a 6-foot-4 junior, headed home his eighth goal of the season at 2:09 in the first half to spark Pacific Lutheran's victory.
Kearns' early 10-yard header was the beginning of a hot game for the Lutes, which collected a second goal in the eighth minute from Surafel Wodajo.
Pacific Lutheran (2-1, 3-4-2) stretched its lead to 3-0 in the 22nd minute when Spencer Augustin found a keeper deflection and scored from 10 yards out.
Whitman, (1-2, 3-5-1) had its chances to score in the first half.
A few minutes after the opening salvo from Kearns, Missionary sophomore Leland Matthaeus swept across the Lutes goal from left to right and missed just wide of the near post. Less than a minute later, senior Conner Bottomly got an open look from the right side, chipping a ball just wide of the far post.
The Lutes outshot the Missionaries 19-16 for the game, but Whitman put more of its shots on goal (8-6) and held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Bottomly and freshman Junpei Tsuji paced Whitman's attack. Both players took four shots, putting two apiece on goal.
Whitman hosts Puget Sound at 2:30 today.