Missionary women split over weekend

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WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women’s soccer team held a 14-11 advantage in shots, including three shots on goal, but the Missionaries couldn’t penetrate the Pacific University goal and suffered a 1-0 Northwest Conference defeat Sunday on the Missionary campus.

Sunday’s loss came one day after Whitman snapped a six-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over George Fox on the same field.

The weekend split left the Whits with a 3-7-3 record in the conference and a 4-10-3 record overall. The Boxers, who suffered a 1-0 overtime defeat at Whitworth University in Spokane on Saturday, improved to 3-8-1 in the conference and 6-7-3 overall with Sunday’s victory.

McKenna Davidson scored the game’s only goal unassisted when she followed a deflection off of Whitman goalkeeper Emily Davis and punched the ball into the net at the 80:48 mark of the second half. Davis was credited with six saves on the day while Pacific goalkeeper Brittany Hartmann earned three saves in posting the shutout.

Jaclyn Rudd tallied Whitman’s winning goal Saturday with two minutes to play in regulation on a three-yard crossing shot into the right side of the Bruins’ goal. Kelsey Roehner was credited with the assist.

“We played well and controlled the tempo of the game,” Whitman coach Heather Cato said following Saturday’s victory.

“With the windy conditions, we focused on keeping the ball on the ground and playing a possession game, which I thought we did very well.”

Whitman held a healthy 27-5 advantage in shots attempted, and had a balanced offensive thrust throughout the game. The Whits attempted 15 shots in the first half compared to just one for George Fox and then outshot the Bruins 12-4 after the intermission.

Davis went the distance in goal for Whitman and was credited with two saves.

Bruins goalkeeper Ally Swenson, now 0-4-2, deflected 10 Missionary shots on goal as she played the entire 90 minutes as well.

“Our center and outside midfielders created a lot of opportunities for us,” Cato said of her team’s offensive effort Saturday. “And our defense minimized their chances.

“It was an overall good game.”

Whitman is back on the road this weekend with NWC matches at Lewis & Clark Saturday and at Willamette on Sunday.

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