Missionary men drop two

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SALEM, Ore. — The Whitman College men’s soccer team, playing its fourth straight road game and second in two days, scored its first goal of the season to tie Carthage College in a nonconference match Sunday, only to see the Red Men win the game in the final minutes, 2-1, on a free kick from about 21 yards out.

On Saturday, the Missionaries flirted with their first goal of the year against Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., but ended up losing to the Eagles, 3-0.

On Sunday, the Red Men outshot the Missionaries 10-5 in the first half and grabbed the lead on an unassisted goal by Alexander Marquis, who fired a shot from 15 yards out on the right-hand side to the left-corner of the net.

In the second half, the Red Men continued to outshoot the Missionaries (12-6 in the half, and 22-11 for the match), but Whitman tied the game on midfielder Alex Barsher’s goal at the 76:31 mark. Midfielder Junpei Tsuji gathered in a deflection off a shot and passed to the open Barsher, who placed the ball into the right side of the goal.

It looked like the match might go to overtime when Carthage received a free kick from about 21 yards out with less than three minutes on the clock and scored for the win.

“We need to create more opportunities in front of goal while keeping things tight at the back,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said. “We made some adjustments that helped us to allow our midfielders to have more time on the ball and the second half was better.”

On Saturday in Kirkland, “We started the game very lively and took the game to NU, outplaying and outshooting them,” Washington said. “In the first half, we played with good speed and determination. I thought our tempo and the way we went about the game was good. Our ball movement was good and we had several good looks at goal.”

The Missionaries play Trinity Lutheran at 2:30 p.m. today at Kasch Park in Everett.

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