COLORADO SPRING, Colo. — The University of Texas at Dallas blitzed Whitman’s men’s soccer team with three goals in an eight minutes in the first half and went on to defeat the Missionaries 5-0 on the second day of the Colorado College tournament.
The loss drops Whitman to 0-1-1 in the early season. The Comets are 1-0-0.
Although the Missionaries had more scoring chances than in their season opener (9 shots on goal compared to 1), they had a difficult time handling the UT Dallas attack.
The Comets led 4-0 at the half.
Omar Jaroun, who had two goals on the day, struck at the 19-minute mark to make it 1-0.
Then, the barrage hit with 26:47 gone off the clock. Michael Darrow, Bryan Shiba and Michael Matthews all scored — Shiba’s goal coming on a penalty kick.
Whitman peppered shots at the net — in fact, Whitman outshot the Comets, for the game, 20-14 — but couldn’t find a goal.
In the second half, the Missionaries’ frustration continued and the Comets found the back of the net one more time when Jaroun scored his second goal with less than five minutes remaining.
Midfielders Logan Grime and Riley Paul each launched four shots to lead Whitman’s attack, with two of Paul’s shots on goal. Niko Contos played the entire game in goal for Whitman College.
“They played a very direct style,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said. “We must deal with that style of play much better. It was a tough day. We just have to move on.”
The Missionaries will embark on a trip next weekend that sees them play three games in three days in the Seattle and Portland areas. They will face Northwest University, Carthage College and Trinity Lutheran Saturday through Monday.