Whit men earn NWC soccer win over George Fox

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NEWBERG, Ore. - After failing to find the net with its first 24 shots, the Whitman College men's soccer team scored twice in less than three minutes to win its Northwest Conference opener, 2-1, against George Fox here Saturday afternoon.

Whitman, now 1-1-2 on the season, dominated play all afternoon but headed to the final 10 minutes down 1-0.

George Fox, which was outshot 26-10 on the day, scored early in the second half on a 10-yard free kick by Miles Sorokovsky.

The Missionaries finally pulled even in the 84th minute when sophomore defender Jack Morgan booted his first college goal, knocking the ball home from point-blank range. Sophomore Chris Perkins assisted on the play.

A few minutes later, George Fox turned the ball over deep in its end and Whitman seized on the opportunity. Junior Jed Jacobson, assisted by senior Sam Freedman, notched his first goal of the season from 10 yards out to vault the Missionaries in front.

With less than four minutes left to play at that point, George Fox managed one more shot, which was blocked, before Whitman wrapped up the last-minute win.

"We controlled the tempo but had trouble finishing our shots," Whitman coach Mike Washington said.

"They got their goal against the run of play early in the second half, and their keeper made some good saves. We finally pulled it out at the very end.

"It was a nice result for us at the end, to be sure."

Jacobson led the offensive onslaught for the Missionaries with nine shots, five of which were on frame. Freedman put four of his five shots on goal.

Whitman also got two shots each from Morgan, senior Brian Percival and sophomore Cooper Schumacher. Six other Missionaries had one shot apiece.

George Fox, now 2-3 on the season, managed just 10 shots - one more than Whitman's Jacobson - but goalkeeper Elliott Davis made 10 saves to keep the Bruins in the game.

Davis made one of his saves in the 16th minute of the second half, stopping Jacobson's penalty kick.

Corner kicks were part of Whitman's domination. The Missionaries took six corners on the day while George Fox did not take its first (and only) corner until the 87th minute.

Whitman keeper Michael Bathurst made two of his three saves in the second half. His second save of the second stanza came less than a minute after Morgan's game-tying goal.

Whitman continues NWC play at 2:30 p.m. today against Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

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