Early Goal Lifts Boxers Over Missionaries

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 22

Forest Grove, Ore.- Playing a game that looked like a mirror-image of the one their male-counterparts played, the Whitman Women's Soccer team fell 0-1 to a feisty Pacific Boxer's squad in conference play on Saturday.

Whitman fell behind 0-1 on a goal by Dani McMurray in the 29th minute, about which Coach Heather Cato claimed, "we made a few mistakes that Pacific took advantage of and were able to score off of." From the re, the Missionaries fought to get the equalizer, but could never beat Boxer net minder Brittany Hartmann, despite outshooting the Boxers 13-10.

Three of those thirteen shots came courtesy of senior captain Jaclyn Rudd (Seattle, WA), including a 87th minute offering that had to be swallowed by Hartmann, while Whitman scrambled in the closing minutes. Shortly thereafter, Whitman earned a corner kick in the 90th minute. Rudd sent one flying into the box that found the head of fellow senior captain Erin Flannery (Corvallis, OR), but the shot went begging.

First year Lindsey Scott (Trout Lake, WA) added three shots--one on goal--, and junior Pamela London (Shoreline, WA) had two, as the Whitties peppered the frame without being able to find the back of the net. Coach Heather Cato said of the match, "We had some really good chances, but were unable to put the ball away."

The loss drops the Missionaries to 2-6-0 and 1-3-0 in the conference, as the now have some serious ground to make up in the conference standings. It all starts tomorrow with a game against the Bruins from George Fox University. The Missionaries will need to generate some offense to fight their way back into the Northwest Conference picture.