Whitman women hand Linfield first soccer loss of season

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WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women’s soccer team got two goals from Mackenzie Hughes and played stifling defense as they handed No. 20-ranked Linfield its first loss of the season Sunday at the Whitman Athletic Fields in a Northwest Conference match, 2-0.

“This was a great win for our team!” said Whitman (3-3 in NWC play, 7-3 overall) head coach Heather Cato. “They played hard and their response after yesterday (a 4-1 loss to Pacific) was exactly what we needed for this weekend and the rest of the season. The team knows how well they can play and what those efforts can produce on the scoreboard.”

Hughes got her first goal just nine minutes into the match. She received a through ball from Taylor Thomas, then beat the goalkeeper before finishing it into the net.

The goal was Hughes’ sixth of the season — a career-high.

With just over 24 minutes remaining in the second half, Hughes scored her second goal of the match, and third of the weekend, on a penalty kick. The goal solidified the lead for the Missionaries.

Once again, the Whits outshot their opponents, this time 13-8.

Whitman next travels to Puget Sound (0-1-2) on Saturday, and to Pacific Lutheran (2-0-2) on Sunday, with both matches kicking off at noon.

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