Missionary women drop pair of matches

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FOREST GROVE – After a scoreless first half, Pacific University tallied four goals in the second stanza on its way to a 4-0 win over Whitman College in a Northwest Conference women’s soccer match Sunday afternoon.

The Missionaries’ loss followed a close 1-0 defeat at the hands of 19th-ranked Linfield on Saturday.

The Wildcats outshot Whitman, 17-2, in that match.

The losses drop the Missionaries to 8-9 on the season and 4-9 in conference.

On Sunday, the Boxers grabbed the lead just two minutes into the second half when McKenna Davidson received a pass and scored from within the box. Davidson scored her second goal of the game and ninth of the season three minutes later on a penalty kick.

Pacific stretched its lead to 3-0 at the 53:15 mark on a rebound goal. After a throw in, Kara Lankey fired a shot off the post. The ball stayed in play and Lankey got her own rebound and put it in the net.

Lankey scored the final goal of the match with 20 minutes remaining — a 25 yard boot after receiving a through ball. The goal was Lankey’s 12th of the season.

Whitman actually outshot the Boxers 10-7. Four of the Missionaries’ shots were on-goal. Five of the Boxers were on target.

The loss is Whitman’s fourth straight and fourth consecutive match without a goal.

Whitman hosts Lewis & Clark and Willamette this weekend with both matches starting at 11 a.m.

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