Whitman women battle Bruins to 1-all tie

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WALLA WALLA - Amy Hasson outshot the opposition 10-9 all by herself, and Whitman College finished with a 3-to-1 shooting advantage overall, but George Fox held its own in a 1-1 double-overtime soccer draw Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman (4-7-2 NWC, 6-9-2) nearly won the game in the final minute of regulation, but a 35-yard free kick by Jaclyn Rudd kicked off the crossbar.

Whitman, which thoroughly dominated the first half, did the the same in the two 10-minute overtime sessions, outshooting the Bruins 9-2 while taking the only three post-regulation corner kicks.

But George Fox keeper Alyssa Montero made two of her six saves in the second overtime to hold off a relentless Whitman attack.

A scoreless first half saw Whitman fire off 13 shots while George Fox (2-7-3 NWC, 2-9-5) managed just one, which Melanie Gaither took early in the ninth minute.

The second half was more evenly played and it was Gaither, quite possibly the fastest player on the pitch, cracking the scoring column in the third minute after the break.

Gaither ran onto a long ball on the right side, manuevered around a defender and drilled a left-footed strike to the upper far post.

Whitman pulled even in the 63rd minute when MacKenzie Hughes made a run up the left side and crossed a ball into the box. A sliding Hasson met the ball with a foot, slicing it into the netting.

It was Hasson's NWC-leading 13th goal of the season. She finished with 10 shots while Rudd added seven more.

Hughes was one five Missionaries taking two shots; the others were Taylor Chock, Julianne Masser, Marisa Poorboy and Pamela London.

Gaither generated six shots but was the only George Fox player with more than one attempt.

Goal keeper Emily Davis made two saves for Whitman.

Whitman stays at home this weekend, hosting Lewis & Clark on Saturday and Linfield on Sunday. Both games start at noon.

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