Missionary women settle for weekend split, honor six seniors
WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College women’s soccer team held a 14-11 advantage in shots, including three shots on goal, but the Missionaries couldn’t penetrate the Pacific University goal and suffered a 1-0 Northwest Conference defeat Sunday on the Missionary campus.
Sunday’s loss came one day after Whitman snapped a six-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over George Fox Saturday on the same field.
“This was a tough loss to take after playing so well Saturday and the majority of Sunday’s game,” Whitman coach Heather Cato said. “We put Pacific under a great deal of pressure, but their goalkeeper came up huge on two great saves in the first half that proved to be the difference maker.”
Brittany Hartmann, the Boxers’ goalkeeper, earned three saves in posting the shutout. Whitman goalie Emily Davis, a junior from Eagle River, Ark., was credited with six stops.
Pacific’s McKenna Davidson scored the game’s only goal unassisted when she followed a deflection off of Davis and punched the ball into the net at the 80:48 mark of the second half.
The weekend split left the Whits with a 3-7-3 record in the conference and a 4-10-3 record overall. The Boxers, who suffered a 1-0 overtime defeat at Whitworth University in Spokane on Saturday, improved to 3-8-1 in the conference and 6-7-3 overall with Sunday’s victory.
Sunday’s match was Whitman’s final home appearance of the season, and six Missionary seniors were honored during the game. Kelsey Houghton (Portland, Ore.), Jaclyn Rudd (Seattle), Misha Evertz (St. Paul, Minn.), Julianne Masser (Boise, Idaho), Erin Flannery (Corvallis, Ore.) and Marisa Poorboy (Hayden, Idaho) played their final games on the Whitman campus.
“We celebrated these six players for their commitment and dedication to Whitman College and to the soccer program,” Cato said. “This is a great senior class that will be truly missed.
“I wish we could have given them a win today,” Cato added. “But the team worked very hard trying to.”
Whitman closes out its season on the road this coming weekend with games at Lewis & Clark College Saturday in Portland and at Willamette University in Salem on Sunday.