Loggers roll over Missionary women, 2-0
WALLA WALLA — The Puget Sound women’s soccer team remained undefeated in Northwest Conference play and just a half game behind Whitworth in the league standings Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Whitman College on the Missionary pitch.
The Loggers, who improved to 4-0-1 in league matches and 5-2-1 overall, scored a single goal in each half and otherwise depended on the play of goalkeeper Kara Merfeld, who stymied seven Whitman shots on goal and ran her scoreless streak to 380 minutes. It was her fourth consecutive shutout.
Emily Davis, Jr.
Theresa Henle, a senior from Issaquah, Wash., scored the game’s first goal at 14:02 as she picked up a loose ball at the top of the box and beat Whitman goalie Emily Davis, a junior from Eagle River, Ark., with a shot into the top left corner of the goal.
In the second half, sophomore Robin Vieira of Seattle dribbled through the defense and found the back of the net in the 80th minute for an insurance goal. Merfeld made five of her seven saves after that to preserve the shutout.
Whitman outshot the Loggers 10-7 and Davis was credited with six stops.
“We played hard today,” Whitman coach Heather Cato said. “But we had a few mental lapses that cost us. As a team, we have to learn to play the entire 90 minutes.
The loss dropped Whitman to 2-4-0 in conference play and 3-7-0 overall going into Sunday’s home game against Pacific Lutheran University. The Lutes played Whitworth to a 2-2 double-overtime tie Saturday in Spokane and are coming to town 0-1-4 in league play and 2-1-4 overall.
Whitworth (5-0-1, 5-4-1) hosts UPS Sunday in a battle for first place in the NWC standings.
“UPS is a solid team, but I’m looking at our seniors to lead this team and help the younger players respond positively against PLU,” Cato said. “This season is not even close to over, and we will keep battling.”