Missionary women shut out Lutes

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TACOMA - The Whitman College women scored twice in the first 11 minutes of the second half and finished with a 3-0 Northwest Conference soccer victory over Pacific Lutheran here Sunday afternoon.

After taking six corner kicks to no avail in a scoreless first half, Whitman connected on its first corner of the second stanza when Amy Hasson headed home a ball from Jaclyn Rudd at the 52:54 mark.

The play marked the third time this fall that a Rudd corner has ended with a Hasson header.

It took the Missionaries less than 90 seconds to score again, this time on a play that was Taylor-made.

Taylor Thomas triggered the scoring strike, sending what coach Heather Cato called a "brilliant ball" from the right side of the field" to the left side of the box.

Taylor Chock descended on the pass just in time to one-touch it into the netting with the outside of her foot.

"It was a great goal," Cato said.

It also was Chock's first goal of the season and the first assist for Thomas.

Hasson finished the scoring with her NWC-leading 11th goal of the season with 20 minutes left. Hallie Swan assisted on the play.

Whitman keeper Emily Davis made two saves against six Pacific Lutheran shots to notch her second full shutout of season. She also played the first half when Whitman opened the season with a 3-0 shutout of Eastern Oregon.

Whitman's offense put eight of its 11 shots on goal. Hasson was on frame with all three of her attempts while Marisa Poorboy was on target with two of her three shots.

With 11 goals and two assists in 14 games, Hasson leads the conference in scoring with 24 points.

Hasson also tops the NWC in total shots with 66 - 15 more than the second highest total - and in shots on goal with 35.

Whitman, now 4-6-1 in the NWC and 5-8-1 overall, plays five of its last six games at home, starting with a final non-conference game on Wednesday. The Missionaries host Trinity Lutheran out of Everett, Wash., at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

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