Whitman plays Willamette to 1-1 tie in men's soccer
SALEM, Ore. — One day after its most satisfying victory of the season, the Whitman College men’s soccer team settled for a 1-1 double-overtime tie here Sunday in a Northwest Conference match against Willamette.
After a scoreless first half, the Missionaries drew first blood at 71:07 when Andrew Clark, a senior form Pasco, took a pass from Jed Jacobson, a senior from Mercer Island, Wash., redirected the ball in front of the Willamette goal and pumped in the score.
The lead lasted 17 minutes before the Bearcats’ Jess Thompson headed the ball near the left post on a corner kick and tied the game at 1-1. Austin Jacobson was credited with an assist.
And that’s the way the score remained through the remaining two minutes of regulation play and two 10-minute overtime sessions.
“Willamette sits eight players behind the ball,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said is describing his team’s offensive difficulties against the Bearcats. “They drop back really, really quick and that makes it difficult for you to penetrate. Goals are always difficult to come by.”
Whitman also played the game without one of its regular, junior Reid Shaw of Seattle.
“He has four yellow cards, and if you get a fifth you are suspended for a game,” Washington explained. “We decided to rest Reid and protect him for our final game against Whitworth.”
Freshman Chris Perkins (Seattle) played in place of Shaw.
“We deputized Chris and he did a great job,” Washington said
Willamette outshot Whitman 16-14 and held a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. Whitman goalkeeper Michael Bathurst, a senior from Portland, Ore., was credited with six stops and the Bearcats’ Bradley Eckerson saved three shots.
The tie kept Willamette a half a game ahead of Whitman in the battle for fourth place in the conference standings. The Bearcats are 6-5-2 (9-7-2 overall) going into the final weekend of the season and Whitman is 5-5-3 (7-8-4). Willamette entertains Linfield Saturday while the Missionaries close out the season at home against first-place Whitworth.
“This is a big one,” Washington said of the Whitworth match. “Whitworth has already clinched the league championship, but I am sure they will still want it. They are our area rival and travel partner and I’m sure both teams will be fired up.
Whitman lost to Whitworth 1-0 in double overtime when the teams met in Spokane, one of seven overtime games the Missionaries have been involved in this season.