WALLA WALLA - A 2-0 halftime lead went for naught as Whitman College fell victim to a determined Pacific Lutheran comeback that carried the Lutes to a 3-2 overtime victory in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Spencer Augustin struck the game-winning blow in the fifth minute of overtime, dribbling through cracks on the right side of the Whitman defense to send a ball to the left corner of the net.
Pacific Lutheran left town with records of 2-1 in the NWC and 5-2 overall. Whitman, also 2-1 in conference, slipped to 2-2-2 on the season.
The Missionaries had the game in hand in the first half, scoring their two goals in the first 23 minutes en route to a 9-2 shot advantage by halftime.
Junpei Tsuji put Whitman on the scoreboard in the game's third minute, drilling his first goal of the season with an assist from Sam Freedman.
Jed Jacobson, assisted by Andrew Clark, made it 2-0 Whitman in the 23rd minute.
The Lutes kicked off their second-half comeback when Mark Lee hit his first goal of the season. Surafel Wadajo assisted on the play.
It was Wadajo's turn to score in the 74th minute, tying the game at 2-2.
Whitman took the next five shots, but it was Missionary keeper Michael Bathurst who made a save in the closing seconds of regulation, deflecting a shot from Augustin, to send the game to overtime.
Whitman took two of the first three shots in overtime before Augustin worked his game-winning magic.
Whitman hosts Puget Sound at 2:30 p.m. today.