Whitman College Women's Soccer

1999 Season Highlights

Friday, September 3
Whitman 2, Pomona-Pitzer 1

Sophomore Christina Anderson scored off a pass from freshman Shannon O'Neill midway through the second sudden-death overtime period to give the Whitman College women's soccer team a 2-1 season-opening victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Friday afternoon in Claremont, Calif.

The non-conference game between the two NCAA Div. III schools was scoreless until Pomona-Pitzer broke the ice for a 1-0 lead with nine minutes left in regulation. With just over three minutes left to play, Whitman tied the score and forced overtime when the team's senior co-captains joined forces on a scoring play. Jamie Grindrod made a crossing pass to Chrissy Vaughn, who then headed the ball underneath the goalkeeper. Vaughn has led Whitman in scoring in each of the past two seasons.

"I've got one happy team," Whitman coach Scott Shields said afterwards. "It was a fantastic game against a high quality opponent. It was great to start the season against tough competition, and to come back, tie the game and then win it."

Shields presented the game ball to junior Jenny Russell, the only player to play the entire game. "Jenny had some incredible offensive runs, and then saved our bacon on one play when a shot got by our keeper and was headed for the net. Jenny got there in time to pick the ball off the line and punt it out of bounds."

"We're really excited about the way our freshman played off the bench," Shields added. "Our senior leaders also had a dominant game."


Saturday, September 4
University of La Verne 2, Whitman 1

What looked to be another victory for the Whitman College women's soccer team turned into a disappointing 2-1 loss Saturday to the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif. La Verne scored twice in the final eight minutes of the play to steal the win.

Whitman, which opened its season Friday afternoon with a victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, took the early lead against La Verne when senior Nicole Marshall scored in the 42nd minute of the first half. Marshall's goal came on an unassisted corner kick.

With just eight minutes left to play in the second half, Katie Zwissler scored the game- tying goal for La Verne. Teammate Adriana Ramirez then scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to go.

"Both sides put up an excellent battle," Whitman coach Scott Shields said.

Scoring:

Whitman: Nicole Marshall, 42:34, unassisted

La Verne: Katie Zwissler, 81:24, assist Heater Cooper

La Verne: Adrina Ramirez, 88:01, unassisted


Friday, September 10
Whitman 2, Evergreen State 0

The Whitman women's soccer team took 40 shots on goal against short-handed Evergreen State College in rolling to a 2-0 nonconference victory Friday afternoon on Ankeny Field.

The Missionaries jumped in front quickly, taking a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute of the game on an unassisted goal by freshman Julia Makowski. It was Makowski's first college score.

Whitman, now 2-1 on the season, padded its lead late in the game when sophomore Liz Davis scored the first goal of her college career on an assist from junior Alison Jones.

Evergreen State played the entire game with just 10 players on the field, or one player short. That forced the visitors to concentrate on defense at the expense of their offense. The GeoDucks took just four shots, all in the first half.

Whitman's sophomore goalkeeper, Kristina Anderson made three saves on Evergreen's four shots to record her first shutout of the season.

"Hats off to those women on the other sideline," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "They were very disciplined defensively and gave our women a lot of problems in the early going."

"This game was good for us because it forced us to recognize an unorthodox style of play," Shields added. "It challenged our players and will be a good experience going into the conference season."

While making full use of their deep roster in taking 40 shots, the Missionaries still "need to work on finishing stronger" to put more points on the board, Shields said.

Whitman seniors Chrissy Vaughn and Jessica Neff did not play in the contest due to injuries.

Scoring:

26:00 - Whitman: Julia Makowski, unassisted.
67:00 - Whitman: Liz Davis, assist by Alison Jones.

Shots - Evergreen 4, Whitman 40
Saves - Evergreen: Sarah Thompson 32; Whitman: Kristina Anderson 3
Corner Kicks - Evergreen 2, Whitman 2


Sunday, September 12
Carroll College 3, Whitman 2

Unable to recover from a first-half deficit, the Whitman College women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 nonconference decision to Carroll College Sunday afternoon on Ankeny Field. The loss squared Whitman's season record at 2-2.

The game was well played throughout, according to Whitman coach Scott Shields, but Carroll's Fighting Saints took charge early with three first-half goals.

"The first half was really good soccer all around, but it seemed like every slump on our side became a major letdown," Shields said. "It was just simple mistakes that cost us those goals, but we were neck-and-neck with our opponents the entire game."

Senior forward Nicole Marshall scored both goals for the Missionaries, the first of which gave Whitman its only lead in the 25th minute of play. Junior midfielder Corinne Schuler had the assist.

Carroll's Amanda Potts also had two goals in the game and was a deciding factor in a critical three-minute stretch in the first half that saw the Fighting Saints take the lead for good. Potts, a freshman, scored in the 29th and 32nd minutes of the game on two solo drives down the field in which she was able to sneak past the Missionary defense.

"Potts is really a great player, probably one the best we'll face," Shields said. "She definitely caused us some problems in the early going."

Chrissy Vaughn, Whitman's leading scorer last year, missed her second straight game for the Missionaries. She is recovering from an ankle injury suffered in practice earlier this past week.

Carroll College 3 - 0 -- 3
Whitman College 1 - 1 -- 2

Scoring:

25:00: Whitman, Nicole Marshall, assist by Corrine Schuler
29:00: Carroll, Amanda Potts, unassisted
32:00: Carroll, Amanda Potts, unassisted
43:00: Carroll, Erin Ferriter, assisted by Potts
74:00: Whitman, Nicole Marshall, assist by Jessica Neff

Shots - Carroll 8; Whitman 15
Saves - Carroll: Katie Russell 8; Whitman: Kristina Anderson 5
Corner Kicks - Carroll 2; Whitman 5


Tuesday, September 14
Whitman 5, Albertson 1

The Whitman women's soccer team sported a determined look early Tuesday morning as it headed to Caldwell, Idaho, for a nonconference game against Albertson College. As it turns out, there was nothing deceiving about that particular look.The Missionaries trounced Albertson 5-1 to elevate their season record to 3-2.

Whitman bolted to a quick lead when sophomore Christina Anderson booted a goal in the sixth minute of play. Senior Nicole Marshall got the assist. Both players are graduates of Sehome High School in Bellingham Wash.

The Missionaries then turned the game into a rout by rattling off three more goals to lead 4-0 at halftime. Freshman Erin Bray tallied the game's most unusual goal when her first-half kick from the corner ricocheted off the far post and into the goal.

Senior Jessica Neff and junior Jennie Wood also notched goals prior to intermission. Junior Alison Jones and Neff had the assists.

Albertson picked up its only goal five minutes in the second half. An unassisted goal by Whitman senior Jenny Russell completed the scoring with 10 minutes left to play. The Missionaries outshot Albertson 26-6.

Whitman College 4 - 1 -- 5
Albertson College 0 - 1 -- 1

Scoring:

06:00: Whitman, Christina Anderson, assist by Nicole Marshall
28:00: Whitman, Jennie Wood, assist by Jessica Neff
35:00: Whitman, Erin Bray, unassisted
44:00: Whitman, Jessica Neff, Alison Jones
50:00: Albertson, Aisha Thomas, unassisted
80:00: Whitman, Jenny Russell, unassisted

Shots - Whitman 26, Albertson 6
Corner Kicks - Whitman 7; Albertson 3
Saves - Whitman: Kristina Anderson 3; Albertson: Kristen Walker 15


Wednesday, September 22
Whitworth 1, Whitman 0

The Whitman women's soccer team outshot Whitworth College 24 to 11 Wednesday afternoon on Ankney Field, but it was the visiting Pirates who dented the scoreboard and escaped with a 1-0 victory.

It was the Northwest Conference opener for both schools. Whitman fell to 3-3 on the season, while Whitworth improved to 3-2-1.

The Missionaries played strong throughout the contest and "pressured the whole game," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "We stayed focused out there and our bench played outstanding. We just had that one letdown."

The Pirates capitalized on Whitman's one defensive lapse when senior transfer and Spokane native Jenn Dunford scored an unassisted goal at 17:30 of the first half. The shot glanced off the leg of a Missionary defender before caroming between the legs of Whitman goalkeeper Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS) and into the net.

The second half belonged to Whitman. The Missionaries outshot the Pirates 12-5 after intermission, but Whitworth goalkeeper Stacy Roberts (Spokane WA, West Valley HS ) turned in a tremendous effort to keep the home team scoreless. Roberts finished with 13 saves.

Whitworth 1 - 0 -- 1
Whitman 0 - 0 -- 0

Scoring:
17:30 -- Whitworth: Jenn Dunford, unassisted

Shots: Whitworth 11, Whitman 24
Saves: Whitworth, Stacy Roberts 13; Whitman, Kristina Anderson, 4
Corner kicks: Whitworth 4, Whitman 6
Fouls: Whitworth 8, Whitman 2


Sunday, September 26
George Fox 2, Whitman 1

The Whitman women's soccer team led most of the way Sunday afternoon on Ankeny Field, but George Fox University scored a pair of late goals to notch a 2-1 overtime victory.

Whitman fell to 0-3 in the Northwest Conference and 3-5 on the season. The visiting Bruins improved to 2-1 in conference and 6-2 overall.

George Fox's Jen Overstreet got the game-winning goal just 15 seconds into Sunday's sudden-death overtime. Breaking free down one side of the field, Overstreet scored unassisted.

Whitman took an early 1-0 lead when junior Jennie Wood (Salem OR, South Salem HS) scored in the fifth minute of play on a pass from junior Corinne Schuler (Hacienda Heights CA, Wilson HS).

The Missionaries maintained that lead for much of the game. "We outshot them and we outplayed them today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. Whitman had a 26-14 edge in shots on goal.

"I was very pleased with the intensity we had throughout the game," Shields said. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to capitalize. It seemed that they got a couple of breaks when they needed them, and it was enough to beat us."

After trailing throughout the contest, George Fox evened the score at 1-1 when Karli Holub scored on a pass from Val Cole in the 76th minute of play.

Whitman senior Nicole Marshall (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) nearly won the game for the Missionaries with a shot attempt late in regulation time. Her header ricocheted off the far post, however.

George Fox 0 1 1 - 2
Whitman 1 0 0 - 1

Scoring:
05:00: Whitman: Jennie Wood, assist Corinne Schuler
76:00: George Fox: Karli Holub, assist Valerie Cole
90:15: George Fox: Jen Overstreet, unassisted

Shots: George Fox, 14; Whitman, 26
Saves: George Fox, Cori Wulf, 8; Whitman, Kristina Anderson, 4
Corner kicks: George Fox, 3; Whitman, 5
Fouls: George Fox, 4; Whitman, 4


Saturday, October 2
Whitman 2, Linfield 0

A pair of late goals and game-long strong defense powered the Whitman College women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Linfield College Saturday afternoon in McMinnville, Ore.

The Missionaries raised their record to 1-3 in the Northwest Conference and 4-5 on the season. Linfield dropped to 0-4 in conference and 2-7 overall.

"I was very pleased with our defense today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "We came out with a lot of intensity and were able to get a win against a quality team."

Whitman goalkeeper Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS), who was credited with four saves, posted her second shutout of the season. Two Whitman defenders, junior Heather Groshong (Ashland OR, Ashland HS) and freshman Gretchen Wieman (Anchorage AK, West Anchorage HS), also turned in strong efforts on defense.

The winning goal, and first of two for Whitman, came with 12 minutes left to play. Junior Alison Jones (S. Pasadena CA, Westridge HS) scored after sophomore Liz Davis (Pacific Palisades CA, Palisades Charter HS) sent a perfectly placed corner kick to the front of the goal.

With four minutes left to play, senior co-captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS) booted a shot over Linfield's keeper for an insurance score. Whitman's other senior co-captain, Chrissy Vaughn (Redmond WA, Redmond HS) had the assist.

Whitman 0-2 - 2
Linfield 0-0 - 0

Scoring:

78:00 - Whitman - Alison Jones, assist Liz Davis

86:00 - Whitman - Jamie Grindrod, assist Chrissy Vaughn

Saves: Whitman, Kristina Anderson 4; Linfield, Marisa Moller 10
Corner kicks: Whitman 3, Linfield 0
Shots: Whitman 22, Linfield 6; Fouls: Whitman 4, Linfield 7

Sunday, October 3
Willamette 7, Whitman 0

Coming off a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Linfield College, the Whitman College women's soccer team fell victim to an offensive onslaught from the Willamette University Bearcats Sunday afternoon in Salem, Ore.

The Missionaries lost 7-0, watching their record drop to 1-4 in the Northwest Conference and 4-6 overall. The Bearcats moved to a perfect 5-0 in conference, 9-0-1 on the season.

Sunday's loss marked only the second time this season the Missionaries have been held scoreless.

"We've got a big weekend coming up in Tacoma," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "We are going to work hard on keeping our focus as we try to regroup as a team."

"In the big picture, this was a good weekend for Whitman soccer because we got a split on the road against two quality teams," Shields said. "That is huge."

Whitman 0 - 0 -- 0
Willamette 3 - 4 -- 7

Scoring:

13:04: Willamette: Natalie Flindt, Buffy Morris assist
13:59: Willamette: Katie Edmonds, assist Jenny Frankel-Reed
15:26: Willamette: Natalie Flindt, assist Katie Edmonds
45:24: Willamette: Katie Edmonds, assist Julie Hourigan
65:47: Willamette: Jenny Rellone, assist Katie Edmonds
66:01: Willamette: Ashley Holmer, assist Katie Privette
74:14: Willamette: Jenny Frankel-Reed, assist Dana Christopherson

Shots: Whitman 9, Willamette 31
Saves: Whitman, Kristina Anderson 10; Willamette, Anna Haegel 1, Shelby Springer 1
Corner kicks: Whitman 0, Willamette 9; Fouls: Whitman 5, Willamette 4


Saturday, October 9
Pacific Lutheran 4, Whitman 1

The Whitman women's soccer team lost another tough decision Saturday, falling 4-1 to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

"We really thought we outplayed our opponent today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "Unfortunately, we just made a few mistakes and the Lutes were able to capitalize on them every time."

The only score for Whitman came in the second half on a penalty kick by senior co- captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS).

The Lutes scored a pair of goals in the first half and came back for a quick third score before Whitman countered with Grindrod's penalty kick. PLU also added one more goal late in the game to finish the scoring.

In addition to his team's effort, Shields was also pleased with the play of his substitutes. "I was able to get a number of different players into the game today and was very happy with the way the women responded off the bench," Shields said. "We are very deep this year coming off the bench."


Sunday, October 10
Puget Sound 3, Whitman 0

The Whitman women's soccer team closed out the weekend and the first half of its Northwest Conference season Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. The Missionaries dropped to 1-6 in conference and 4-8 overall. UPS moved to 6-1 in the NWC and 8-3 on the season.

Whitman, which trailed 1-0 at halftime, stayed within striking distance for much of the game. UPS began to take control when it added a second goal midway through the second half. The Loggers tacked on their third goal with about 15 minutes left to play.

UPS peppered Whitman goalkeeper Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS) with 26 shots during the game. Anderson made seven saves to keep the Missionaries close.

After having outshot all but three of its first-half opponents, Whitman will concentrate on converting more of its scoring opportunities in the second half, coach Scott Shields said. The Missionaries also need to eliminate the costly mistakes that have spoiled a number of otherwise strong efforts, Shields added.

Whitman's leading scorers thus far are senior co-captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS) and senior Nicole Marshall (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS), each of whom have scored three goals and recorded one assist. Other scoring leaders for the Missionaries with two goals each are senior Jessica Neff (Shoreline WA, Shoreline HS) and sophomore Christina Anderson (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS). Neff also has two assists to her credit.

Whitman 0 -- 0 - 0
UPS 1 -- 2 - 3

Scoring

22:17 -- UPS: Michell Moore, assist Beth Taimi
65:06 -- UPS: Sarah Blawat, unassisted
74:06 -- UPS: Kerry Cerelli, unassisted

Shots: Whitman 7, UPS 26
Saves: Whitman, Kristina Anderson 7; UPS, Karen Ecklebe 4
Corner kicks: Whitman 1, UPS 6
Fouls: Whitman 2, UPS 5

Saturday, October 16
Whitman 1, George Fox 0

It was Christina Anderson on offense and Kristina Anderson on defense Saturday afternoon as the Whitman women posted a 1-0 Northwest Conference soccer victory over George Fox University in Newberg.

The two Andersons, both sophomores but not related to each other, helped the Missionaries raise their record to 2-6 in conference and 5-8 on the season.

Midfielder Christina Anderson (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) scored the game's only goal just 20 seconds after the start of the second half. It was her third goal of the season. She was assisted by senior Jessica Neff (Shoreline WA, Shoreline HS), who now has three assists and two goals on the season.

After scoring, the Missionaries "just held on defensively, pushed some people back and really just tried to hold to the lead throughout the half," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "George Fox was No. 3 in the conference, so it was a pretty big win for us and the girls are feeling great.

Victory often comes at a price, however. "We got banged around defensively and suffered a couple injuries," Shields added.

Meanwhile, on the last line of defense Saturday, goalkeeper Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS) made six saves on 14 George Fox shots to record her third shutout of the season.

"Give Whitman credit because they played hard and very smart," George Fox coach Byron Schenk said.

Whitman 0 -- 1 - 1
George Fox 0 -- 0 - 0

Scoring

45:20 -- Whitman: Christina Anderson, assist Jessica Neff

Shots: Whitman 10, GFox 14
Saves: Whitman, Kristina Anderson 6; GFox, Cori Wulf 5
Corner kicks: Whitman 5, GFox 6
Fouls: Whitman 1, GFox 5

Sunday, October 17
Pacific 2, Whitman 1

The Whitman women's soccer team fell victim to a late-game penalty kick and lost a begrudging 2-1 Northwest Conference decision at Pacific University Sunday afternoon in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The loss dropped the Missionaries to 2-7 in conference and 5-9 overall, while Pacific boosted its season tally to 6-6-1 on the season, 3-4-1 in the conference standings.

With the score tied at 1-1, the host Boxers were awarded two penalty kicks late in the game. Robyn Park converted the second opportunity with less than four minutes to play to give Pacific the win.

Despite the loss, Whitman head coach Scott Shields was very happy with his team's effort. "We got behind early, but we came right back at them in the second half and really showed what we are made of. It was really a shame to end the game with those two penalty kicks for the Boxers after the battle we had with them for the first 80 minutes of play."

Shields said that he and Pacific's coach agreed that the penalty kicks were not warranted and that the game should not have been decided in that fashion. "It was a disappointing loss for the team because of the officials," he said, "not because we didn't play well."

The Boxers took an early 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 25th minute of play. Eight minutes into the second half, the Missionaries evened the score when junior forward Alison Jones (S. Pasadena CA, Westridge School) scored off a corner kick that was touched by a number of different players before finally entering the net. The goal was Jones' second on the season.

The Missionaries ended the weekend with a split on the road, and they now face three games in the next seven days with a less than healthy roster. "Injuries are plentiful right now," Shields said. "This weekend we suffered a concussion, a sprained neck and a torn quad, not to mention a few other minor things, so this next week could be interesting."

Whitman 0 --1 - 1
Pacific 1 --1 - 2

Scoring:
25:24 - Pacific: Kelli Ann Miller, unassisted
53:32 - Whitman: Alison Jones, unassisted
86:44 - Pacific: Robin Park, penalty kick

Shots: Whitman 6; Pacific 15
Saves: Whitman, Kristina Anderson 4; Pacific, Danalyn Ong 3
Corner kicks: Whitman 4; Pacific 6


Wednesday, October 20
Whitman 1, Whitworth 0

The Whitman College women's soccer team returned a favor at Whitworth College Wednesday night in Spokane, handing the Pirates a 1-0 Northwest Conference defeat.

Whitman, which lost a 1-0 decision on its home field to Whitworth earlier this season, raised its record to 3-7 in conference and 6-9 on the season. Wednesday's loss dropped Whitworth to 5-4-1 in the NWC and 7-6-2 overall.

The only scoring of the game came on a 30-yard shot fired by Whitman freshman Erin Bray (Canon CO, Canon City HS). Her game-winning shot sailed over the head of Whitworth's goalie in the 50th minute of play. The shot was unassisted, but it came directly after a deflected shot by senior co-captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS).

Whitman coach Scott Shields gave the game ball to Bray. "Erin did a really good job for us off the bench in the second half," he said. "She's been very consistent off the bench all season so it's nice to see her rewarded with a big game-winner like that."

Whitman's sophomore goalkeeper, Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS), turned back 15 Whitworth shots to earn her fourth shutout of the season.

The Whitman women will host Willamette University this Saturday and Linfield College on Sunday. Both games will begin at noon on Ankeny Field. "This is Parents' Weekend," Shields said. "The team is fired up and excited to play in front of their parents."

Whitman 0-1 - 1
Whitworth 0-0 - 0

Scoring:
50:30 Whitman - Erin Bray, unassisted
Shots: Whitman 10; Whitworth 15

Saturday, October 23
Willamette 2, Whitman 1

For the second time in a week, the Whitman College women's soccer team lost a game on a penalty kick in the closing minutes of regulation play, falling 2-1 to Willamette University Saturday afternoon on Ankeny Field.

Willamette, the No. 3 ranked team in the nation in NCAA III, boosted its record to 15-0-2 on the season and 10-0-1 in the Northwest Conference. With the loss, Whitman falls to 3-8 in the conference and 6-10 on the year.

Prior to Saturday's game, the Missionaries had won two of their last three games. Despite the loss, Whitman coach Scott Shields was pleased to note, "This was by far our best game of the year as a team. We played with a lot of enthusiasm today and really showed what this team is capable of doing when it's focused."

After Willamette scored the game's first goal, Whitman sophomore midfielder Christina Anderson (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) tied the score with a goal in the 43rd minute. Senior co-captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap) had the assist.

In the waning moments of the game, a foul was called on a Missionary defender and Bearcat forward Buffy Morris was awarded a penalty kick with less than ten minutes to play. Morris' try was successful in what proved to be the winning goal.

"It's always tough to lose on a penalty kick like that in the end," Shields said, "but we played them straight up for 90 minutes out there today. It was a great soccer match."

Shields awarded the game ball to his entire defense for shutting down a potent Bearcat offense which had already scored 50 goals on the season. Whitman's sophomore goalkeeper, Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS), recorded nine saves.

The Missionaries host Linfield College in a noon game Sunday at Ankeny Field. Willamette travels to Whitworth on Sunday.

Willamette 1-1 - 2
Whitman 1-0 - 1

Scoring:
26:49 Willamette - Katie Edmonds, unassisted
43:48 Whitman - Christina Anderson, assist Jamie Grindrod
83:34 Willamette - Buffy Morris, penalty kick
Shots: Willamette 19; Whitman 12
Saves: Willamette (Anna Hagel 8); Whitman (Kristina Anderson 9)
Corner kicks: Willamette 9; Whitman 3 Fouls: Willamette 9; Whitman 8

Sunday, October 24
Whitman 2, Linfield 1

After losing a tough 2-1 decision on Saturday, the Whitman College women's soccer team rebounded with a 2-1 victory against Linfield College Sunday afternoon on Ankeny Field. The Missionaries improved to 7-10 on the season and 4-8 in the Northwest Conference. Linfield is 2-10 in the conference and 4-13 overall.

The Missionaries scored first on a goal by sophomore Christina Anderson (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) in the 23rd minute of the game. Freshman Erin Bray (Canon CO, Canon City HS) was credited with the assist.

The Wildcats retaliated with a goal of their own less than five minutes later, but the Missionaries countered with what proved to be the winning goal early in the second half. Senior co-captain Jamie Grindrod (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS) booted an unassisted goal in the 56th minute for the go-ahead score.

Whitman head coach Scott Shields was very pleased with the win after Saturday's tough loss to nationally-ranked Willamette. "It's always tough as a coach coming into a game like this," Shields said, "because you never know how the team will react after a big game like yesterday. I thought we were a little tired in the first half, but our bench came in and played great."

Shields was forced to rely extensively on his extensive bench for much of the game as many players saw substantial playing time in limiting the Wildcats to ten shots for the game. "This was by far the best Linfield team we've faced in the past few years," Shields said. "They deserve a lot of credit for making it a good game."

Turning in strong defensive performances for the Missionaries were freshman Gretchen Wieman (Anchorage AK, W Anchorage HS) and junior Heather Groshong (Ashland OR, Ashland HS). "Our defense really played well all weekend against two attacking offenses," Shields said.

Whitman hosts the University of Puget Sound next Friday before entertaining Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. Those are the last two games of the season for the Missionaries. Both games will be played on Whitman's Ankeny Field.

Linfield 1-0 - 1
Whitman 1-1 - 2

Scoring:
23:42 Whitman - Christina Anderson, assist Erin Bray
28:06 Linfield - Lovisa Dvorak, assist Kim Reeves
56:22 Whitman - Jamie Grindrod, unassisted
Shots: Linfield 10; Whitman 9
Saves: Linfield, Cherish Kaaa 3, Tori Hazelton 1; Whitman, Kristina Anderson 5
Corner kicks: Linfield 5; Whitman 5 Fouls: Linfield 5; Whitman 6

Friday, October 29
Puget Sound 3, Whitman 0

The University of Puget Sound kept a firm grip on second place in the Northwest Conference by rolling to a 3-0 victory over the Whitman College women's soccer team Friday afternoon on Ankeny Field.

The Loggers raised their record to 9-2-2 in the NWC and 11-4-2 for the season. The Missionaries fell to 4-9 in conference and 7-11 overall.

Whitman coach Scott Shields attributed Friday's loss to a poor first-half of play. "We fell back into some bad habits and played like monsters in the first half," Shields said. "We had been playing well recently, so maybe it was because of Halloween."

The Missionaries allowed all three Logger goals in the first half before shutting down the visitors after the break. "We decided to start the second half like it was scoreless and see what we could do from there," Shields said. "We created a lot more shots for ourselves and were able to play much better defensively. We'll just aim for tomorrow and try to close out the year with a victory."

The Loggers outshot the Missionaries 14-10. Whitman's goalkeeper, sophomore Kristina Anderson (Seattle WA, Roosevelt HS), recorded seven saves and has played every minute of the season in goal for Whitman.

Puget Sound 3-0 -- 3
Whitman 0-0 -- 0

Scoring:

18:08 UPS - Kerry Cerele, assist Dusty Marcell
22:05 UPS - Julie Louis, unassisted
32:39 UPS - Sarah Strasser, assist by Dusty Marcell and Brianna Hultgen

Shots: UPS 14, Whitman 10
Saves: UPS, Karen Ecklebe 9; Whitman, Kristina Anderson, 7
Corner kicks: UPS 6, Whitman 1
Fouls: UPS 3, Whitman 4


Saturday, October 30
Pacific Lutheran 3, Whitman 1, overtime

The Whitman women's soccer team ended its season in dramatic but unfortunate fashion with a 2-1 overtime loss to Pacific Lutheran University Saturday afternoon on Ankeny Field.

The Missionaries ended their season with a record of 4-10 in the Northwest Conference and 7-12 on the season. PLU is 5-8 in conference, 7-10 overall.

Whitman scored first on a shot by freshman Shannon O'Neill (Leavenworth WA, Cascade HS) in the 38th minute of play on an assist from junior Alison Jones (Pasadena CA, Westridge School).

The score remained 1-0 until the Lutes tied the score with 12 minutes left in regulation.

With under two minutes left in overtime, PLU's Carli Rasmussen scored an unassisted goal to give the Lutes a sudden-death victory. The shot from near midfield sailed over the outstretched hands of Missionary goalie Kristina Anderson.

Anderson, a sophomore from Seattle's Roosevelt High School, had a season-high 17 saves on the afternoon.

"We focused on playing our best out there today and all the seniors really put their heart and soul into this game," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "It's a shame we didn't get a win with that effort, but I'm still very pleased with our team's performance. This was a good last game for our underclassmen to keep the tempo high for next year."

"We really feel good about the game," Shields said. "We played our guts out today. We'd love to have a win to end the season, but we'll take it."

PLU 0-1-1 -- 2
Whitman 1-0-0 -- 1

Scoring:

38:42 Whitman - Shannon O'Neill, assist Alison Jones
78:07 PLU - Tasha Ockfen, assist Erin Swanson
118:27 PLU - Carli Rasmussen, unassisted

Shots: PLU 23, Whitman 17
Saves: PLU, Gloria Cefali 11; Whitman, Kristina Anderson 17
Corner kicks: PLU 8, Whitman 4
Fouls: PLU 10, Whitman 7