WALLA WALLA — One day after stunning previously unbeaten University of Puget Sound 2-1 in overtime, Whitman College’s men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Pacific Lutheran University Sunday on the Missionary campus.
The weekend split left Whitman at 2-3-1 in conference matches and 4-6-2 overall heading into Saturday’s match against league-leading Whitworth in Spokane. The Pirates are 5-0-1 in conference following Sunday’s 0-0 tie against UPS.
PLU broke on top in the first half Sunday when Justin Manao scored unassisted at 29:02. Whitman countered in the second half on Danny Smith’s unassisted goal at 65:40.
The Lutes then knocked in the winner at 80:26 as Emmanuel Amarh assisted Jeff Piaquadio’s goal.
Whitman outshot PLU 11-9, but Lutes goalkeeper Joe Rayburn thwarted seven Missionary shots on goal. Whitman goalie Michael Bathurst was credited with three saves.
On Saturday, Jed Jacobson scored Whitman’s game-winning goal unassisted five minutes into overtime. His shot from the top of the box found the upper left corner as it slipped past Loggers goalkeeper Chris McDonald, who had previously deflected seven Missionary shots.
Whitman had grabbed an early 1-0 lead on Logan Grime’s unassisted score at 35:03 of the first half. Puget Sound’s Carson Swope, with an assist from Andrew White, scored the equalizer at 75:12 of the second half.
Whitman outshot UPS 14-5 overall and Missionary goalie Michael Bathurst was only required to make two saves. Whitman held a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Whitman coach Mike Washington again praised the play of his back line and singled out the play of Cooper Schumacher and Jack Morgan and, of course, Jacobson for his OT score.
“Cooper dealt with an incredible number of long balls and kept an incredible number of balls in the air,” the coach said. “Jack also played well because of the pressure they came with. And then to get the winning goal from another one of our defenders was great to see. We always try to involve all of our players.”
Washington said his team was able to control the ball a good deal of the time which did alleviate some of the pressure UPS was trying to create. Overtime, however, creates its own special kind of pressure.
“Mistakes become more important, and it’s important that you don’t make them,” Washington said.
of playing in overtime. “But there’s also the gamble aspect because you want to win, and you’ve got to get it done in 20 minutes after not being able to in 90 minutes.
“Oh, boy! Make a mistake and you lose.
“It’s a horrible way to lose but a phenomenal way to win.”