WALLA WALLA - The University of Puget Sound women generated just one shot in the first half of Sunday's Northwest Conference soccer battle with Whitman College, but that scant bit of offense was all it took to give the Loggers a 1-0 victory at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
A Kayla Boortz free kick from the right side, coming with less than 12 minutes left in the first half, sailed to the far post for Theresa Henle, who knocked the ball back to the right corner of the goal.
That gave the Loggers a 1-0 lead on their first - and last - shot of the half, and following a scoreless second stanza, it proved to the game-winning play.
Puget Sound, which began the weekend with a No. 12 national ranking, jumped its record to 3-1 in the NWC and 6-1-1 overall.
Whitman, now 2-3 in the NWC, has suffered all three of its conference setbacks by a single goal. The Missionaries are 4-4 on the season.
Whitman had the Loggers under pressure at times throughout the first half.
Shots by sophomores Jaclyn Rudd and Marisa Poorboy were turned away in the 10th minute of play, and Rudd's lofted shot from 25 yards in the 25th minute had the keeper beat but landed on the top of the netting.
After Henle's score, first-year Missionary Kelsey Roehner missed high with 10 minutes left in the half, and Poorboy launched a pair of free kicks in the last few minutes that had the Logger defenders scrambling for clearance in front of their goal.
Whitman's best shots at the equalizer in the second half came in the 59th and 72nd minutes. Junior Amy Hasson missed wide left in the first instance and Roehner misfired to the right in the second.
Both teams finished with 10 shots after Puget Sound outshot Whitman 9-6 in the second half. Jess Yarbrough made two saves for the Loggers to get the shutout.
Whitman got three shots from Rudd and two apiece from Hasson and Roehner. Poorboy, who leads the Missionaries in scoring, left the game early in the second half with an injury.
Kelly Andersen led the Loggers in shots with five.
Puget Sound hosts crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday. Whitman is on the road next weekend, playing at Willamette and Linfield.