SPOKANE - Whitworth and Whitman exploded in a flurry of three goals in a four-minute span early in the second half of a Northwest Conference match Wednesday afternoon. When the dust settled, Whitworth emerged with a 2-1 lead and ultimately the victory by the same tally.
Whitman heads to the weekend with records of 3-6 in conference and 4-8 overall.
Following a scoreless first half that saw Whitman take four of the first six shots, Whitworth jumped in front in the fifth minute of the second period when Chloe Cook bounced a shot off the goalkeeper and then poked in the rebound.
It took Whitman less than three minutes to answer back. Junior Marisa Poorboy booted her first goal of the season with assists from senior Amy Hasson and junior Jaclyn Rudd.
What proved to be the game winner came one minute later when Chelsea Schooler chipped a shot over the Missionary keeper.
Whitman uncorked the next four shots, but two attempts were wide, goalkeeper Callie Bergstrom made one of her five saves and the Pirate defense got credit for another save.
The Missionaries out-shot the Pirates 12-10 on the day, including a seven-to-four edge in shots on goal.
Hasson led the Whitman offense with three shots. Poorboy and sophomore Mackenzie Hughes added two apiece.
The outcome left the two teams with a season split. Whitman won 3-2 last month in Walla Walla when sophomore Hallie Swan decided matters with a goal inside the last minute of regulation.
Hasson and first-year teammate Helen Brown also scored in that game.
Whitman returns to the road this weekend, playing games Saturday at Puget Sound and Sunday at Pacific Lutheran. Both games start at noon.