KIRKLAND, Wash. - The Whitman College men's soccer team outshot Northwest University, 13-8, but failed to find the net in a 0-0 season-opening tie here Thursday afternoon.
"They didn't want to play overtime," Whitman coach Mike Washington said, so the game ended after 90 minutes of regulation play.
"Overall, we played well, battled hard and had good tempo in the midfield," he said. "The majority of play was ours."
Northwest, an NAIA-affiliated school, is "one of the biggest and most physical teams we've played in awhile," Washington said. "The referee didn't help because he didn't call enough fouls."
Neither side generated much pressure on the opposing goalkeeper.
Leland Matthaeus and Brian Percival accounted for Whitman's only two shots on goal. Northwest had just one.
Matthaeus, Junpei Tsuji and Jed Jacobson paced Whitman's offense with two shots apiece.
Edgar Esquivel, who took two shots for Northwest, was the only Eagle with more than one attempt.
Michael Bathurst, Whitman's goalkeeper, made one save to post a shutout. Joe Galbraith made two saves for Northwest.
Whitman, which beat College of Idaho 2-1 in a scrimmage earlier this week, was slated to host Warner Pacific on Monday, but Warner Pacific canceled that contest and Whitman added an Oct. 13 home game against Trinity Lutheran to compensate.
Next up for Whitman are two more non-conference games next week in Minnesota. The Missionaries play at Augsburg College on Thursday and at Bethel University two days later.