WALLA WALLA — A Sam Selisch header off of a free kick in the 22nd minute gave Whitworth a 1-0 lead at intermission here at the Whitman pitch Saturday night in Northwest League men’s soccer action. Whitman got a late goal but could get no closer as the Pirates grabbed a 2-1 NWL win.
Whitman stepped up the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Pirates by a 14-3 margin, 22-5 for the match. However, four of the five Pirate shots were on goal. In the 74th minute, one of those four found the back of the net. David Starkovich sent a crossing pass from near the right corner that found Tyler Clarke. Clarke gathered it in and cranked a shot just out of reach of Missionary goalie Stuart Ellsworth and into the upper right hand corner for a 2-0 Pirate lead.
Whitman’s Daniel Kim got behind the Pirate defense at the 73:46 mark and placed a shot past goalkeeper Timmy Costa, who had 10 saves on the match. Whitman narrowed the Pirate lead to 2-1 with just over 14 minutes to play.
Whitman had its best opportunity to even the match when a header by Sam Perkins hit the post, and bounded away. Whitworth held on for the win.
The Missionaries put 11 shots on goal, but Costa was up to the challenge as he turned 10 away.
The win improves the Pirates to 4-2-1 in the NWC and 6-3-2 overall. Whitman drops to 3-3-1 and 4-7-2.
The Missionaries host Pacific Lutheran Saturday at 2:30 p.m.