Missionary men edge George Fox, 1-0


WALLA WALLA - After assisting on two Saturday scoring plays, speedy Sam Freedman booted Sunday afternoon's only goal to give Whitman College a 1-0 Northwest Conference soccer victory over George Fox at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman evened its season record at 7-7-2 and upped its NWC mark to 7-4, retaining a share of third place in the conference standings.

Freedman, a senior who did the heavy lifting with two quality assists in Saturday's victory over Pacific, got a huge helping hand from sophomore Riley Hernandez in scoring Sunday's game winner.

In the 13th minute of the second half, Hernandez raced to the right sideline to keep a ball from leaving the playing field and then reversed his momentum to regain possession.

After making a long diagonal run toward the top of the box, Hernandez slipped the ball to his left where Freedman was waiting to punch home his second goal of the season.

The scoreless first half was akin to a turkey shoot for the Whitman side, which took 10 shots and five corner kicks while holding the Bruin offense to goose eggs in both statistical categories.

Multiple Missionary scoring opportunities over the first 45 minutes included two that drew iron just prior to intermission.

In the span of less than 40 seconds, headers off the noggins of Jack Morgan and Cooper Schumacher clanged off the post and crossbar.

The fight was more fair after the break, although Whitman still held a 14-11 edge in a second half in which the Bruins pressed the issue in pursuit of an equalizing goal.

With less than four minutes remaining, the Bruins brought goalkeeper Davis forward to take a free kick from well outside the Whitman box.

Bathurst, after making what was his second save of the day on the play, then triggered a fastbreak that nearly beat Davis back to his own empty goal. Bathurst made his third and final save on a shot by Luke Andrew with less than two minutes left on the clock.

Sunday's victory gave Whitman a series sweep of the Bruins.

The Missionaries notched a 2-1 victory last month in Newberg, Ore., while also running up a large disparity in shots and corner kicks.

Whitman stays at home this weekend, hosting Willamette on Saturday and Linfield on Sunday. Both games start at 2:30 p.m.


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