Women win on Rudd Free Kick

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Saturday, September 15

Walla Walla, Wash. -  Heather Cato was looking for her team to rebound Saturday afternoon, and the Whitman College women’s soccer coach got exactly what she was looking for. The Missionaries put Wednesday’s 1-0 home loss to Whitworth in the rear view mirror by defeating Willamette University 1-0 on the home pitch to even their Northwest Conference record at 1-1.

“This game was a great response to the tough lose we had against Whitworth on Wednesday,” Cato said, referencing the Pirates’ narrow victory on a goal in the game’s final five minutes. “Willamette is a good team, and both teams played well,” Cato said of the Bearcats, who are also 1-1 in conference matches. Willamette, which defeated Lewis & Clark 4-3 on Wednesday, takes a 3-2 overall record to Spokane Sunday to face off with Whitworth.

Whitman, now 2-4 for the season, entertains Lewis & Clark Sunday. The Pioneers lost 2-0 at Whitworth on Saturday.

The Missionaries scored the only goal of Saturday’s match in the 66th minute when senior captain Jaclyn Rudd (Seattle) capitalized on a Bearcats foul by driving a free kick past Willamette goalkeeper Nicole Price from 25 yards out on the top of the box.

After that it was up to Whitman junior goalie Emily Davis (Eagle River, Ark.) and the Missionary defense to preserve the victory. “I have to commend our defense and our goalkeeper,” Cato said. “That last 15 minutes Willamette put a lot of pressure on us and the defense battled to hold on to the shutout.”

Whitman outshot Willamette 11-5 for the game.

Davis played the entire game in goal for Whitman and was credited with one save as she posted her first shutout of the season. And Price, the Bearcats goalkeeper, thwarted two Whitman shots on goal.

“We had some great chances,” Cato said of her team’s missed scoring opportunities. “Clara Merlino (freshman, Seattle) hit the crossbar with one shot, and their goalkeeper came up big and played a great game.”

Following Sunday’s match against Lewis & Clark, its back on the road for the Missionaries where they played their first four 2012 matches. The Whits travel to Forest Grove, Ore., Saturday to face Pacific and then to Newberg, Ore., Sunday to take on George Fox in a pair of NWC counters.

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