Missionary women shut out Bruins, 4-0

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WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women’s soccer team got a goal from four different players on its way to a 4-0 shutout of George Fox Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields in a Northwest Conference contest.

The victory puts the Missionaries at 4-5 in conference and 8-5 overall. The loss drops the Bruins to 1-6-1 in the NWC and to 3-8-1 on the year.

In addition to a well-balanced offensive attack, Whitman employed stifling defense that allowed George Fox only six shots — 2 on-goal — for the match.

Conversely, the Missionaries triggered 26 shots, 14 on target.

Whitman’s first goal came on a breakaway, as Kelsey Roehner scored her second goal of the season, dribbling down the left side and firing a shot into the upper right-hand corner at the 29:18 mark.

The Missionaries closed out the first half with a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Mackenzie Hughes (her team-leading eighth goal of the season). Pamela London provided the assist on the score that came in the 39th minute.

In the second half, play continued primarily in the George Fox end of the field. Whitman took a 3-0 lead on Danielle Audino’s first goal of the season when Elyse Laurin drove a low centering pass to the far side of the goal where Audino was waiting to tap it in.

The final goal came with just eight ticks left on the clock. Hallie Swan collected her first goal of the year that was perfectly placed into the lower left corner of the net. Swan knocked in a deflection after the ball had caromed several times in the box.

Whitman hosts Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound Saturday and Sunday. Both matches kick off at noon.

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