COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It was a defensive battle all the way between the Whitman College men’s soccer team and Colorado College in the Missionaries’ season-opener here Friday.
The game, hosted by the Tigers, ended in a scoreless tie after two overtimes.
“I thought it was an excellent effort, given the fact that we didn’t really have time to acclimate to the altitude change,” said Whitman coach Mike Washington, referencing the fact that Colorado Springs is nearly a mile above sea level. “We got some great work from our back line and our goalkeeper, Stuart Ellsworth, who played the entire match.”
Ellsworth finished the afternoon with seven saves as Colorado fired 32 shots in all. Whitman had only seven shots and one shot on goal.
“We need to do a better job of creating scoring opportunities and finishing,” said Washington.
Whitman weathered a steady attack from the Tigers, who recorded 10 shots in the first half and 12 in the second before cooling off for only two in the first extra period. But Colorado stormed back with eight shots in the second overtime, with Ellsworth making three saves in the final period.
The Missionaries applied their greatest amount of pressure in the opening half, taking six shots. They mustered one in the second half and none in the two extra periods.
Yet, the defense remained stout and preserved the tie.
Logan Grime created the most offensive opportunities for Whitman with three shots, and Riley Paul had the lone shot on goal.
The Missionaries faced University of Texas-Dallas Saturday afternoon, also in Colorado Springs.