Hasson's hat trick powers Whitman women past Mountaineers

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College uncorked a total of 32 shots and Amy Hasson booted her first collegiate hat trick as the Missionaries skipped past Eastern Oregon 3-0 Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

The one-sided triumph kicked off Whitman's season and dropped the Mountaineers to 1-3 on the season.

The Missionaries gained an early 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game when Hasson rifled an unassisted 30-yard scoring strike into the upper left corner of the net.

Hasson nearly scored again in the 33rd minute but her shot clanged off the post.

After taking 15 shots in the first half, which ended with Whitman nursing its 1-0 lead, the Missionaries kept up the pressure with five more shots in the first 11 minutes of the second stanza.

Whitman broke through for a second goal at the 57:10 mark of the second half when Hasson collected a crossing pass from Pamela London and slotted a ball past the keeper.

Hasson's third goal came about 12 minutes later on a scoring play assisted by Kate Potter and Hallie Swan.

Eastern Oregon, after failing to generate a single shot in the first half, got its offense untracked with four shots in the second half. Two of those attempts were on frame, forcing keeper Lauren Brougham to make two saves.

Keeper Emily Davis played the first half in goal for the Missionaries.

Potter was one of three Whitman starters who played all 90 minutes along the defensive back line. Libby Watkins and Erin Flannery also went the distance.

Claire Westcott, another senior defender, gave way to Taylor Thomas in the 31st minute of the first half. Westcott returned in the second half and contributed 61 minutes to the shutout.

Hasson finished with 12 shots, six on goal. Swan and junior Jaclyn Rudd added four shots apiece while Flannery took three shots.

Chantel Schefers started in goal for Eastern Oregon and played into the 81st minute, finishing with 13 saves. Amanda Swenson took two of the four Mountaineer shots.

Whitman also enjoyed an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Missionaries hit the road this week, playing games Thursday at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., and Saturday at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.

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