TACOMA — Playing their seventh overtime contest in 15 games this season, the Whitman men’s soccer team salvaged a 0-0 tie against the third-place Loggers of Puget Sound here Sunday.
A day after suffering a second straight last-second defeat, Whitman coach Mike Washington said it was “nice to have something to show for our effort today.”
The Missionary defense was stout. Despite getting outshot 19-9 and trailing 15-2 in corner kicks in regulation, Whitman defensemen Dhavan Vengadasalam, Jack Morgan, Cooper Shumacher, Isaac Sappington and Ried Shaw prevented the Loggers from getting many legitimate opportunities, blocking four shots in the first half and five in the second.
Missionary goalkeeper Michael Bathurst had the answer for the five shots that managed to get through the wall-like defense in his third shutout of the season.
Overall, Washington called the game a “stellar defensive display.”
A day after playing extra time against Pacific Lutheran, Washington also gave “credit to our players for playing two overtime games back-to-back. We took the game to UPS at times and created some good looks at their goal.”
For the most part, those good looks came in the extra frames, when the Missionaries outshot UPS 13-2, but UPS keeper Chris McDonald stymied the four shots that were headed for the back of the net in his ninth shutout of the season.
The tie brings Whitman’s conference record to 2-5-2.