WALLA WALLA - Whitman College put plenty of players on the pitch, but no goals on the scoreboard in a 3-0 non-conference men's soccer loss to Northwest Nazarene Tuesday evening at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Whitman, just a few days removed from its most recent Northwest Conference games, turned to its deep roster against the Crusaders, substituting liberally while using more than two dozen athletes, including 12 first-year players.
Nazarene, now 4-4-1 on the season, struck paydirt almost immediately when Jose Oregon dribbled into the box and scored to the far post from six yards out.
That goal, coming 3:23 into the contest, was followed by a second Crusader goal in the 17th minute when John DiLulo outraced Whitman defenders to a through ball down the sideline for a one-on-one opportunity against freshman goalkeeper Niko Contos.
Nazarene outshot Whitman 11-3 in taking its 2-0 lead into intermission.
Whitman held its own in the second stanza, generating six shots (one less than NNU) over the final 45 minutes.
The Crusaders added an insurance goal midway through the second half when Daniel Starbuck bounced in a shot from 35 yards out.
Leland Matthaeus, with two shots, was the only Missionary player with more than one attempt. Brian Percival and Nathan Ord divided Whitman's only two shots on goal.
Stuart Ellsworth, Whitman's other freshman goalkeeper, played the second half.
Other players in their first season hitting the pitch for Whitman were Lucas Ramadan, Sean Williams, Jose Beleche, Satchel Grant, Bill Landefeld, Riley Paul, Logan Grime, Joe Virden, Alex Baker and Clint Vorauer.
Whitman returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend, heading to western Oregon to play Saturday at Linfield and Sunday at Willamette. Both games start at 2:30 p.m.