Missionary women fall to Pacific

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WALLA WALLA - Pacific scored twice in less than two minutes late in the first half and rode that momentum to a 3-1 victory over Whitman College in Northwest Conference women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Pacific, which lost to Whitman 1-0 earlier this season in Forest Grove, Ore., improved to 5-4-2 in the NWC and 8-5-2 overall.

Whitman, which was unable to capitalize on a number of good scoring opportunities, slipped to 4-7-1 in conference and 6-9-1 on the season.

On one of those afternoons when the ball wasn't bouncing its way, Whitman nearly cut a 2-0 deficit in half early in the second stanza when sophomore MacKenzie Hughes knocked a ball off the far post.

Less than seven minutes later, Pacific extended its lead to 3-0 when Tianna Homad's shot bounced off the far post but found the netting.

Whitman finally cracked the scoring column with less than nine minutes left when senior Amy Hasson headed home her NWC-leading 12th goal of the season, scoring off a long crossing pass from junior Jaclyn Rudd, who tops the conference in assists with six.

The Missionaries continued to press the attack and saw three more scoring opportunities slip away in the closing minutes.

Final flurries of action in front of the Boxer goal saw first-year Whitman midfielder Jade Anderson skip a shot just over the crossbar and Pacific keeper Kayla Davidson snare a bullet off the foot of junior Julianne Masser.

Pacific's defense also managed to clear a loose ball lingering in front of its goal mouth.

Homad was one of three Boxers who scored goals, but Davidson may have been Pacific's most valuable player on the field. The Boxer keeper finished with nine saves, at least three or four of which were something to write home about.

Davidson picked off six of her saves in the first half, when Whitman had the run of play more often than not. The tide turned in the 36th minute when Pacific's Jordan Bodily rifled a 25-yard strike up and over the keeper.

Less than a minute later, Hasson collected a loose ball (off a Missionary corner kick) and whirled to fire a shot at point-blank range. The strike found Davidson's midsection rather than the netting, however.

Before another minute clicked off the clock, Pacific's Kailee Green made it 2-0, streaking up the right side to uncork a shot that bounced off the keeper. The rebound came right back to Green for an easy finish.

Both teams finished with 20 shots on the day, although Whitman held a slight 11-8 edge in shots on goal.

Hasson, who also leads the NWC in total shots, took eight more while Hughes had four.

Green with five shots and Bodily with four paced the Boxer offense.

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