Penalty kick lifts Occidental past Whit men

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LOS ANGELES — Jack Day’s penalty kick with less than six minutes to play lifted host Occidental College to a 1-0 men’s soccer victory over Whitman College here Friday afternoon.

The teams had battled to a 0-0 deadlock before Day’s goal at 84:32 sent the Missionaries to defeat.

The loss dropped Whitman to 2-2-1 on the season. The Missionaries have one more game in Southern California Sunday when they face Chapman University in Orange. Then it’s back home to open Northwest Conference play next weekend when Willamette University invades the Missionary campus for a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday and Linfield College comes calling Sunday, also a 2:30 p.m. start.

Friday’s victory here was Occidental’s season opener.

Whitman actually outshot Occidental 10-8, and the Missionaries held a 5-2 advantage in the first half. Senior Andrew Clark (Pasco) struck three of Whitman’s six shots on goal and sophomore Logan Grime (Batesburg, S.C.) had a pair of direct shots turned away.

Ben Murray was credited with two of Occidental’s five shots on goal

Whitman goalkeeper Michael Bathurst, a senior from Portland, Ore., was credited with four saves while Occidental’s Ian Agrimis deflected six Missionary shots.

“The penalty kick just came at a bad time,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said. “Not that penalties ever come at a good time, but this one didn’t leave us much time to adjust and chase the game.

“We actually played well enough,” Washington said. “We had some chances in the first half to bury the game, but we missed on a couple of opportunities.

“Now we get a day off to lick our wounds and hopefully come back Sunday and play well enough to get some redemption.”

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