Whitman men boot way past Linfield

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WALLA WALLA - In a contest that wasn't as close as the final score indicates, Whitman College rolled over Linfield 2-0 in a rain-splattered Northwest Conference men's soccer game Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman, improving to 9-4 in the NWC and 9-7-1 on the season, peppered the Linfield goal with two dozen shots, a baker's dozen of which were on frame.

The Missionaries, ahead 2-0 at intermission, were unable to convert any of their 13 shots in the second half, which was played through steady rain that was heavy at times.

Linfield generated just six shots (two on goal) and saw its record slip to 1-11-1 in conference and 2-13-1 overall.

Cooper Schumacher staked Whitman to a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of play, volleying a cross from Junpei Tsuiji to the back of the net.

It was Schumacher's fourth goal of the season and proved to be the game-winning strike, his second in as many days. It was his header that gave Whitman an overtime victory at Willamette's expense on Saturday.

The Missionaries added an insurance goal 25 minutes later when Tsuji played a ball forward for Sam Freedman, who outraced the defense and finished an easy one-on-one as the keeper came forward.

It was Freedman's third goal of the season and gave Tsuji an assist on a third consecutive Whitman goal. Tsuji's corner kick assist set the stage for Schumacher's game-winning header against Willamette.

Linfield keeper Scott Goodman deflects a flying volley from Whitman's Leland Matthaeus.

Linfield keeper Scott Goodman, who bore the brunt of Whitman's attack, made some quality saves to keep the Missionaries from adding at least two or three more goals.

Goodman finished with nine saves while his defense made two more.

Michael Bathurst made two saves for Whitman, one in each half, in posting his fifth shutout of the conference season.

Freedman, Tsuji and Jed Jacobson led the Whitman shot parade with four shots each. Schumacher and Leland Matthaeus added three shots apiece.

Xavier Reed took three shots from Linfield while Danny Snelgrow had two.

Freedman was one of four Whitman seniors honored prior to the last home game of their college careers. Also recognized during on-the-pitch ceremonies were defenders Brian Percival and Nathan Ord and midfielder Jordan Thomas.

Whitman, tied for third place in the NWC standings, wraps up its season Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. game against Whitworth in Spokane.

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