Missionary women frustrated by Bruins soccer team

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NEWBERG, Ore. - It was a frustrating Saturday afternoon on the pitch for the Whitman College women's soccer team as it outshot George Fox 17-8 but dropped a 2-1 Northwest Conference decision.

Whitman, which was unable to capitalize on an 8-1 edge in corner kicks, slipped to 1-1 in the Northwest Conference and 2-3 on the season.

The Bruins, also 1-1 in the NWC, are 1-3-2 on the season.

The two sides traded the first four shots of the game before Whitman dominated the rest of the half, rolling up an 8-3 advantage in shots.

But Bruins keeper Alyssa Montero kept her side in the game with four saves, the last of which turned back a penalty kick by junior Jaclyn Rudd with less than four minutes to play in the opening half.

Whitman continued with the run of play early in the second half, taking three shots and three corner kicks in the first five minutes.

The game changed in the seventh minute of the second half, however, when Melanie Gaither put the Bruins on the scoreboard with an 18-yard free kick from the left side.

The Missionaries continued to press the attack, outshooting the Bruins 4-2 over the next 18 minutes while also taking two more corner kicks.

George Fox collected what proved to be its game-deciding second goal when a mishit free kick at Whitman's end of the field handed Gaither an easy scoring opportunity at the 83:45 mark.

Senior Amy Hasson finally dented the scoreboard for Whitman with her fifth goal of the season with just 11 seconds left on the clock. Sophomore Kelsey Roehner got the assist.

Hasson finished with a game-high four shots. Rudd added three more for Whitman, which also got two shots each from Roehner and senior Taylor Chock.

Gaither, who took three shots for George Fox, was the only Bruin with more than one.

Whitman continues NWC play today with a noon game against Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

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