Perkins' goals hold up in Missionaries' win

Chris Perkins scores twice as Whitman's men's soccer team gets past Pacific, 2-1.

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Chris Perkins scored a pair of goals, the second with less 25 seconds left in overtime, to vault Whitman College to a 2-1 men's soccer victory over Pacific University Sunday afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore.

It was Whitman's second come-from-behind Northwest Conference road triumph in as many days, and it gives the Missionaries a 2-0 start in the NWC and 2-1-2 record overall.

"We're 2-0 to start the conference season, and that's a good position to be in," Whitman coach Mike Washington said.

The loss dropped Pacific, the defending NWC champs, to 0-2 in conference and 0-6 on the season.

Whitman was trailing 1-0 until Perkins headed home a goalie deflection with less than five minutes left in regulation.

After the Missionaries took two corner kicks and three shots in the first eight minutes of overtime, Perkins struck again as the game teetered on the cusp of a second 10-minute overtime.

Perkins booted the game winner from eight yards out, scoring off a cross from Jordan Thomas.

"That was a great goal," Washington said. "Chris volleyed the cross out of the air. The funny part is that he scored a goal, earlier in the week in practice, that was almost identical."

Despite playing a man down for much of the day, Whitman worked its way to a 19-18 shot advantage. The difference was more pronounced in terms of shots on goal, which favored the Missionaries 10-5.

The Boxers snared the early lead when Patrict Murray scored from the corner in the 21st minute, sending a ball into the netting from 28 yards out.

Five minutes later, Whitman Riley Hernandez drew two quick yellow cards and was ejected, leaving the Missionaries to play with 10 men on the field the rest of the way.

Whitman held its own for the rest of the half, outshooting 4-3 despite a pair of Boxer corner kicks.

The Missionaries stayed on the offensive to start the second half, taking six of the first eight shots over the first 17 minutes.

The header by Perkins to tie the game came when a pass from the right side by Leland Matthaeus was blocked but not held by the Pacific keeper.

Michael Bathurst, Whitman's junior keeper, finished the day with four saves. His Pacific counterpart, Chris Reimers, had to make eight saves to keep his side in the game.

Jacobson and Sam Freedman took four shots apiece to pace Whitman's office. Freedman put three of his shots on goal.

Matthaeus added three shots (two on goal) for the Missionaries while Bill Landefeld and Perkins had two each.

Murray fired off five shots for the Boxers, who got two attempts each from four other players.

"I can't say enough about how hard our boys worked," Washington said. "They played a man down most of the way. That's a lot of soccer to play with 10 on the field, but they fought through it. It was a good, strong team effort."

The game was a physical affair with both sides being whistled for 16 fouls. In addition to the cards given to Hernandez, yellow cards also were handed to Whitman Junpei Tsuji and two Boxers, Nick Rudella and Antonio Maddedu.

Whitman returns home next weekend to host Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

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