Whitman men ride early goals to 3-0 victory over Pacific

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College scored twice in the first 20 minutes on Sam Freedman crossing passes and rolled away to a 3-0 Northwest Conference soccer victory over Pacific Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman, beating Pacific for the second time this season, improved to 6-4 in the NWC (6-7-2 overall) to retain a share of third place.

Pacific, which was outshot 15-6 on the day, slid to 4-5-1 in conference and 4-9-1 on the season.

Leland Matthaeus opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play, going airborne to scissor kick a bullet to the back of the net.

Freedman set up the score, working the ball to the left side of the goal before firing a cross that Pacific keeper Michael Summers deflected to the center of the field.

Matthaeus was waiting at the top of the box to drill his fourth goal of the season.

Ten minutes later, Freedman worked his magic again from the left corner, sending a cross whizzing along the ground to the mouth of the Boxer call.

Onrushing Junpei Tsuji met the cross, blocking the ball to the right corner for his third goal of the season. It was Freedman's team-leading fifth assist of the fall campaign.

Ahead 2-0 at halftime, Whitman added the game's third and final goal in the 12th minute of the second stanza.

Matthaeus launched a long throw-in from the left sideline that sophomore Cooper Schumacher knocked home for his second goal of the season.

Matthaeus took three shots to lead Whitman, which also got two attempts each from four other players -- Tsuji, Schumacher, junior Jed Jacobson and sophomore Jesse Mirman.

Michael Bathurst, Whitman's keeper, made two saves against seven shots and four corner kicks to register his fourth shutout of the season.

Pacific's best scoring opportunity came in the 18th minute of the first half when Nick Rudella banged a shot off the crossbar. Alex Arrington and Conor Peterhans were responsible for Pacific's two shots on frame.

Whitman stays at home today to host 0-9-1 George Fox. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

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