Whitman College Men's Soccer

2003 Fall Season Highlights


Saturday, Aug. 30
Whitman 3, Whitman Alumni 0 (exhibition)


Monday, Sept. 1
Walla Walla C.C. 3, Whitman 1 (exhibition)

The Missionaries fell to cross-town rival Walla Walla Community College 3-1 Monday evening at the Whitman Athletic Fields. It was Whitman's final tune-up before starting regular season play, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 5, against the University of Mary in St. Paul, Minn.

Senior midfielder Brian Logan scored the Missionaries' lone goal late in the second half, cutting the Warriors' lead to 2-1. WWCC responded with a goal of its own less than a minute later, however, putting the match out of reach. Logan's goal was assisted by senior Vico Rust.


Friday, Sept. 5
Whitman 2, University of Mary 1

The Whitman men's soccer team was successful in its regular season opener Friday in St. Paul, Minn., winning 2-1 over the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.). It is the third straight year that Whitman coach Mike Washington's squad has opened with a victory.

Seniors Jeff Waggoner and Vico Rust each booted goals for the Missionaries. Waggoner's score, assisted by sophomore midfielder Peter Avriett, came at the 15-minute mark of the first half. Two minutes later, the University of Mary evened the score with a goal of its own, and the first half ended in a 1-1 tie.

Rust scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute, knocking home a direct free kick. Whitman outshot its foe 15-11, although the University of Mary was credited with five shots on goal, one more than the Missionaries.

Eric Dottarar was credited with the win in goal, making four saves while facing 11 shots. Whitman fired 15 shots during the match, four of which were on goal.

The Missionaries continue play in St. Paul on Saturday, taking on host Bethel College at 3 p.m. (CDT).

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Saturday, Sept. 6
Bethel 1, Whitman 0

Bethel College downed the Whitman men's soccer team Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. 1-0. The Royals improved to 2-1 on the season while the Missionaries fell to 1-1.

The only goal of the match came early, a header that found its way past Whitman goalie Zach Steele in the 18th minute of play. The Missionaries were unable to connect on their scoring opportunities, although they applied pressure throughout the game. The closest shot came in the final minutes when junior Brian Stater hit the crossbar.

"We battled back and forth during the first half," Whitman coach Mike Washington said, "but we dominated the second half in terms of field position. I'm disappointed with the result, but not disappointed with the effort."

Bethel outshot Whitman by a slim 14-12 margin. The Missionaries held a 6-4 advantage on corner kicks.

The Missionaries travel to Whitworth College next weekend to play the University of La Verne (La Verne, Calif.). That game starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Saturday, Sept. 13
Whitman 2, Univ. of La Verne 0

The Whitman men's soccer team blanked the University of La Verne (La Verne, Calif.) 2-0 Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash. The Missionaries improved to 2-1 in preseason play, while La Verne remained winless, at 0-4.

Junior goalkeeper Eric Dottarar was credited with the shutout, making eight saves. Senior forward Jeff Waggoner fired off nine shots during the game, seven on goal. Waggoner found the back of the net twice, with both goals being assisted by freshman Kirk Thorson.

The Missionaries had 10 shots on goal during the match. Four each came from seniors Vico Rust and Niels Larson.

Waggoner's first goal came at the 37:24 mark, just after a corner kick from Thorson. His second goal was just six minutes later, on another corner kick from Thorson, that Waggoner headed into the goal.

The Missionaries take on Cascade College in Portland, Ore. next, a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Saturday, Sept. 20
Whitman 5, Cascade 0

The Whitman men's soccer team had little trouble turning away visiting Cascade College in a 5-0 win in Walla Walla Saturday. The Missionaries improved to 3-1 while Cascade, an NAIA school, remained winless in five games.

In its final tune-up before conference play begins, Whitman controlled the match from start to finish. The offense generated 37 shots while the defense did not allow a single Cascade scoring attempt.

Five different Missionaries scored goals. Freshman midfielder Kirk Thorson booted his first collegiate in the 12th minute of play. Junior defender Harris Esarey got the assist. With two seconds left in the first half, senior Vico Rust gave Whitman a 2-0 lead, notching his second goal of the season on a penalty kick.

Sophomore Peter Avriett, assisted by sophomore Peter Randall, scored his first goal of the season in the 12th minute of the second half to give Whitman a 3-0 cushion. Randall and freshman Daniel Beekman completed the scoring for the Missionaries, with each player getting their first collegiate goals. Randall played his freshman season at Macalester College but did not score.

Beekman's goal was assisted by freshman Michael Brown.

Senior Jeff Waggoner failed to find the back of the net, although he fired off 13 shots, five of which were on goal, and four of which bounced off the post or crossbar. Eric Dottarar and Zach Steel split time in goal for shutout.

Whitman hosts Whitworth on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Sept. 24
Whitworth 2, Whitman 1

The Whitman men's soccer team dropped its Northwest Conference opener Wednesday night, 2-1 to Whitworth in Walla Walla. Whitman is 3-2 overall, 0-1 in conference play. Whitworth is 4-1, 1-0.

Senior Vico Rust scored Whitman's only goal, a 25-yard shot in the 74th minute to cut the lead to 2-1. The Missionaries were unable to overcome a Whitworth goal in the 34th minute and a penalty kick goal in the 51st minute. Rust had two shots on goal during the match, while fellow senior Jeff Waggoner had one.

"We lacked composure at the beginning of the match," Whitman coach Mike Washington said. "We need to react better to pressure."

Junior Eric Dottarar made five saves in goal for the Missionaries. "Eric played really well," Washington noted. "He made some big saves at the end of the game to keep us in it."

The Missionaries travel to Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound this weekend for a pair of Northwest Conference matches. Both games begin at 2:30 p.m.


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Saturday, Sept. 27
Pacific Lutheran 1, Whitman 0

The Whitman men's soccer team fell 1-0 to Pacific Lutheran in a Northwest Conference match Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. The Missionaries are 3-3 overall, 0-2 in conference play. PLU improved to 5-0-1, 1-0-1.

"We played well in the second half," Whitman coach Mike Washington said, "we just need to put two sold halves together."

The Missionaries equaled PLU in shots and shots on goal, as each team had 11 shots and three shots on goal. Senior Vico Rust and Freshmen Daniel Beekman and Samuel Morris each had one shot on goal for Whitman. "Daniel Beekman, Gregory Phillips and Peter Avriett really helped turn things around for us in the second half," Washington commented. "They put a lot of pressure on PLU's defense."

The single goal of the game came early, at 10:27. Whitman goalies Eric Dottarar and Zach Steel each made one save during the match.

Whitman takes on Puget Sound on Sunday in Tacoma, Wash.

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Sunday, Sept. 28
Puget Sound 4, Whitman 0

Puget Sound handed the Whitman men's soccer team a 4-0 loss Sunday in a Northwest Conference match in Tacoma, Wash. The Missionaries fell to 3-4 overall, 0-3 in conference while Puget Sound improved to 5-2-1, 2-0-1.

The Loggers scored twice in the first fifteen minutes of play, and extended their lead to three at the 63:27 mark and four in the 75th minute of play. The Missionaries produced two shots on goal during the match, one each from senior Niels Larson and freshman Egan Brinkman. Junior Whitman goalkeeper Eric Dottarar made five saves in 90 minutes of play.

Whitman returns home next weekend to take on Pacific and George Fox in Northwest Conference matches.

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Saturday, Oct. 4
Pacific 2, Whitman 1

The Whitman men's soccer team dropped a Northwest Conference match to Pacific Saturday in Walla Walla, 2-1. Pacific improved it's record to 5-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play. The Missionaries are 3-5, 0-4.

Senior Jeff Waggoner gave the Missionaries the early lead, taking a pass from Vico Rust and beating the keeper in the 10th minute of play. Pacific responded just ten minutes later, however, evening the game at one apiece on a header. The game remained tied at half, but Pacific took the lead at 68:48 and held on for the win.

Waggoner's goal was his fourth on the year. Rust recorded his first assist of the season. Whitman goalie Eric Dottarar made nine saves during the game, allowing two goals.

Pacific held the advantage in shots and shots on goal, with 14 and 11, respectively. The Missionaries had 10 shots, seven of which were on goal. Waggoner had three shots on goal, Egan Brinkman two, Niels Larson one and Kirk Thorson one.

The Missionaries will try for their first Northwest Conference victory on Sunday as the host George Fox University.

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Sunday, Oct. 5
Whitman 5, George Fox 0

Five different Missionaries scored goals as the Whitman men's soccer team blanked George Fox Sunday in Walla Walla, 5-0. Whitman won it's first conference match of the year, improving to 4-5, 1-4. The Bruins fell to 3-7, 0-5.

Assisted by senior Jeff Waggoner, freshman Abram Smith-Groening opened the scoring at the 7:55 mark with his first collegiate goal, a header. Eleven minutes later, another freshman, Kirk Thorsen, joined the action with a bullet from 25 yards out. Daniel Beekman, also a freshman, was credited with the assist. "Kirk's goal was one of the best I've ever seen," Whitman assitant coach Arne Klubberud said.

In the 33rd minute, sophomoe Adam Yadon directed a header toward the goalie, which was rebounded by Waggoner and knocked back into the net. The final tally before halftime came from sophomore Bryce Andrews at 39:00, a shot that was assisted by freshman Gregory Phillips. The final goal of the game came shortly after the half, at 50:28. Freshman Chris Dorough received a pass from senior Vico Rust and beat the goalkeeper on the left side.

"We changed the lineup a little today," Klubberud noted, "and the freshman brought an energy and confidence that really picked us up."

The Missionaries outshot the Bruins 16 to 13 during the match, and held an advantage in shots on goal, nine to six. Whitman goalies Eric Dottarar and Zach Steel combined for the shutout, making six saves.

Whitman continues conference play with two matchups next weekend, hosting Willamette and Linfield. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Missionaries will play a scrimmage against Walla Walla College at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

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Wednesday, Oct. 8
Whitman 3, Walla Walla College 1

The Whitman men's soccer team rallied for three second-half goals to down Walla Walla College 3-1 Wednesday night at the Whitman Athletic Fields. Whitman improved to 5-5 on the season with the non-conference win, while the Wolves fell to 5-6 on the year.

Whitman freshman Chris Dorough had a pair of goals in the contest. Senior Vico Rust added the third.

Walla Walla College struck in the 19th minute of play on a rebound off Whitman goalie Zach Steel. Rust evened the game 1-1 at 59:41, on a touch pass from senior Jeff Waggoner. Waggoner assisted on a another goal just five minutes later, lobbing a pass to Dorough. In the 83rd minute of play, Dorough found the back of the net again, this time courtesy of a pass from senior Pat Flanagan.

The Missionaries outshot the Wolves 32 to 10. Whitman also piled up big margins in shots on goal (18 to 5) and corner kicks (10 to 2).

Whitman returns to Northwest Conference play this weekend, hosting Willamette and Linfield.

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Saturday, Oct. 11
Willamette 2, Whitman 0

The Whitman men's soccer team dropped a Northwest Conference match to Willamette 2-0 Saturday in Walla Walla. The Missionaries fell to 5-6 on the year, 1-5 in NWC action. Willamette improved to 5-4-2, 4-2.

Whitman controlled the game from the outset, but was unable to capitalize on any of its scoring opportunities. The game remained tied until the 71st minute of play, when Willamette's Pat Kelley fired a shot from a crowd of players 20 yards out and scored. Just over a minute later Willamette struck again, taking a 2-0 lead.

"We totally outplayed them for 70 minutes," Whitman coach Mike Washington said. "We played better today than we have in a while, but just missed our chances."

The Missionaries outshot the the Bearcats 19 to 15, although each team had seven shots on goal. Harris Esarey had two shots on goal, and Cody Fiero, Bryce Andrews, Chris Dorough, Kirk Thorson and Niels Larson each had one.

Eric Dottarar played the entire match in net for the Missionaries, making five saves.

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Sunday, Oct. 12
Linfield 3, Whitman 1

The Whitman men's soccer team dropped its second Northwest Conference match of the weekend to Linfield College, 3-1 Sunday in Walla Walla. The Missionaries fell to 5-7 overall and 1-6 in Conference play, while Linfield improved to 10-2 overall and 5-2 in conference.

Linfield scored first and never looked back, taking a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of play. Just four minutes later, Linfield scored another goal, taking a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Linfield widened its lead with a penalty kick goal in the 70th minute.

Whitman put a goal on the board in the 89th minute by freshman Egan Brinkman, preventing the shutout for the visiting team. It was Brinkman's first collegiate goal. Sophomore Ryan Porter contributed the assist.

"We dug a hole early," Whitman coach Mike Washington said, "but we were still in it."

Whitman has six remaning league games in the season, and as Washington noted, "We are going to look at the rest of the schedule in a positive fashion."

Next weekend the Missionaries travel to George Fox on Saturday and Pacific on Sunday. In this season's previous meetings, Whitman beat George Fox 5-0 and lost 2-1 to Pacific.

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Saturday, Oct. 18
George Fox 4, Whitman 3

The Whitman men's soccer team dropped a Northwest Conference matchup 4-3 to George Fox Saturday in Newberg, Ore. The Missionaries are 5-8 overall, and 1-7 in NWC play. George Fox won its first conference game, and is 4-8-1, 1-6-1. Whitman won the first game between the two teams 5-0 in Walla Walla.

Niels Larson scored his first goal of the year and the first of the match, at 34:53 on a pass from Vico Rust. The game would remain at 1-0 until only 22 minutes remained to play. George Fox tied it up at 68:09 on an unassisted strike. Kirk Thorsen untied the match just two minutes later, scoring an unassisted goal. in the 76th minute the Bruins again evened the score, and took a 3-2 lead in the 84th minute. With under four minutes remaining, freshman Chris Dorough found the back of the net. Senior Jeff Waggonner assisted on the goal. The Bruins were not finished, however, scoring with only 1:10 left in the game, and holding on for a 4-3 win.

Whitman outshot the Bruins 23 to 16 and 16 to nine in shots on goal. Dorough had five shots on goal for the Missionaries, and Thorsen added three.

Whitman takes on Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore., on Sunday.

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Sunday, Oct. 19
Whitman 2, Pacific 1

The Whitman men's soccer team came away with a victory in Forest Grove, Ore. Sunday, beating Pacific 2-1 in Northwest Conference action. The Missionaries gained a split in the season series with the Boxers after falling 2-1 in Walla Walla, and have records of 6-8, 2-7. Pacific fell to 6-7, 3-6.

The Boxers outshot the Missionaries 18-11, but goals by seniors Harris Esarey and Niels Larson gave Whitman the win in a physical match that saw 28 fouls committed. Esarey scored his first goal of the season and the first of the match when he headed in a Kirk Thorsen corner kick in the 57th minute. The Boxers evened things up in the 68th minute with an assisted goal. The game remained tied until five minutes remained, when Larson fired the game-winner and his second goal of the year.

Whitman goalie Eric Dottarar made six saves in the win. Whitman had two other shots on goal during the match, one from Chris Dorough and one from Jeff Waggoner.

Whitman returns home next weekend to face Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound in a pair of conference bouts. The Missionaries were blanked by both squads earlier in the year, a 1-0 loss to Pacific Lutheran and a 4-0 loss to Puget Sound.

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Saturday, Oct. 25
Puget Sound 5, Whitman 0

The Whitman men's soccer team lost to the University of Puget Sound 5-0 Saturday in Walla Walla, Wash. Whitman drops to 6-9 on the season and 2-8 in Northwest Conference play. Puget Sound, ranked sixth in the West Region, moves to 10-3-2 on the season and 7-1-2 in the conference.

Puget Sound jumped out to an early lead with goals in the sixth, 15th, 17th, 19th and 26th minutes of the first half. The Missionaries were unable to overcome the 5-0 halftime deficit, although they out shot the visiting Loggers in the second half 6-3. Chris Dorough led Whitman with 2 shots on goal, while Jeff Waggoner, Tyler Chisholm and Daniel Beekman each had one shot on goal.

Whitman will continue conference play when they host Pacific Lutheran University at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday

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Sunday, Oct. 26
Pacific Lutheran 3, Whitman 0

The Whitman menís soccer team lost 3-0 Sunday against visiting Pacific Lutheran University in Walla Walla. Whitmanís overall record drops to 6-10 on the season and 2-9 in the conference, while PLU moves to 9-7-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the conference.

Pacific Lutheran took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal in the 15th minute of play. The Missionaries never responded as PLU scored two second period goals in the 69th and 88th minute of play to seal the win. Whitman was able to get ten shots off, but unable to find the back of the net. Vico Rust had three shots for Whitman, while Kirk Thorson added two and Peter Avriett, Niels Larson, Esarey Harris, Chris Dorough and Gregory Phillips each added one.

"We need to bounce back after this loss," Whitman coach Mike Washington said, "because there are still three games left to play in the season."

This was the final home game for six seniors: Jeff Waggoner, Vico Rust, Tyler Chisholm, Neils Larson, Pat Flanagan, Brian Logan and Ross Good.

The team will travel to Linfield College next Saturday and Willamette University on Sunday for conference action. The season will wrap up next Wednesday when the team travels to Spokane to play Whitworth College.

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Saturday, Nov. 1
Linfield 4, Whitman 0

The Whitman men's soccer team lost 4-0 to Linfield Saturday in McMinnville, Oregon Saturday. The loss takes the Whitman record to 6-11 overall and 2-10 in the conference, Linfield is now 14-2 overall and 9-2 in conference.

Linfeld took and early lead with a goal in the fourth minute of play and Whitman couldn't answer back. Linfield later scored goals in the ninth and 27th minutes to take a 3-0 halftime lead. Linfield scored thier final goal of the game in the 47 minute of play. Whitman was out shot 21-5 for the game.

Whitman will travel to play Willamette on Sunday and then they will wrap up the season on the road against in state rival Whitworth next Saturday.

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Sunday, Nov. 2
Willamette 2, Whitman 1

The Whitman men's soccer team lost 2-1 to Willamette Sunday in Salem, Ore. The loss takes the Missionaries record to 6-12 overall and 2-11 in the conference. Willamette improved its record to 8-7-3 overall and 7-5-1 in conference.

On a cold, snowy day in Salem, Willamette scored first in the 39th minute of the game to take the early 1-0 lead. The Missionaries answered in the 41st minute on a goal by Vico Rust. Rust was assisted by Peter Randall, and the game remained tied at the half. Willamette regained the lead in the 47th minute of the match, and held on for the 2-1 win.

"We missed some chances late in the game to put it away," said Whitman coach Mike Washington, "but we played better soccer today,"

Each team had 23 shots in the match. Whitman finished with eight on goal, one more than Willamette. Jeff Waggoner lead the offensive charge with three shots on goal, while Cody Fierro, Peter Randall, Bryce Andrews, Niels Larson and Rust all added one each.

The Missionaries will finish up the season on the road against rival Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. on Saturday.

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Saturday, Nov. 8
Whitworth 4, Whitman 1

The Whitman menís soccer team lost 4-1 to Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. on Saturday. The Missionaries finish the season with a 6-13 overall record and 2-12 in the Northwest Conference. Whitworth finishes its season 12-5 overall and 9-4-1 in the conference.

Whitworth scored the first goal of the game and never gave up the lead. Three of their four goals came in the first half. The first was in the sixth minute, the second in the 22nd minute and the third in the 33rd minute. Whitworth's lone goal of the second half came in the 51st minute of play. Jeff Waggoner scored the only goal for the Missionaries, his 6th of the season in the 78th minute of the match. Vico Rust added two shots on goal for the Missionaries.

This was the final game for seniors Jeff Waggoner, Niels Larson, Tyler Chisholm, Vico Rust and Pat Flanagan.

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