Rudd Finishes off Bruins in 88th Minute

News Release Date:
Saturday, October 20

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College snapped a six-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over George Fox Saturday afternoon in Northwest Conference women’s soccer play on the Missionaries’ home pitch.

Jaclyn Rudd, a senior midfielder from Seattle, tallied the game’s only goal with two minutes to play in regulation with a three-yard crossing shot into the right side of the Bruins’ goal. Kelsey Roehner, a junior from Bellingham, was credited with the assist.

“We played well and controlled the tempo of the game,” Whitman coach Heather Cato said.

“With the windy conditions, we focused on keeping the ball on the ground and playing a possession game, which I thought we did very well.”

Whitman held a healthy 27-5 advantage in shots attempted, and had a balanced offensive thrust throughout the game. The Whits attempted 15 shots in the first half compared to just one for George Fox and then outshot the Bruins 12-4 after the intermission.

Emily Davis, a junior from Eagle River, Ark., went the distance in goal for Whitman and was credited with two saves. She improved her personal record to 3-9-2. Bruins goalkeeper Ally Swenson, now 0-4-2, deflected 10 Missionary shots on goal as she played the entire 90 minutes as well.

“Our center and outside midfielders created a lot of opportunities for us,” Cato said of her team’s offensive effort. “And our defense minimized their chances.

“It was an overall good game.”

Whitman, which had suffered three losses and played to three ties since last winning a match Sept. 23 with a 2-1 victory over these same Bruins in Newberg, Ore., improved to 3-6-3 in NWC play and 4-9-3 overall. One of those defeats and all three of the ties were frustrating double-overtime affairs.

George Fox slumped to 1-10-0 in conference matches and to 2-11-2 on the year.

Whitman entertained Pacific University (3-7-1, 5-7-3) Sunday. The Boxers suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Whitworth University (8-1-2, 8-5-2) Saturday in Spokane.

In Saturday’s other matches, Linfield (8-1-2, 12-1-2), which shares the top spot in the standings with Whitworth, tipped Pacific Lutheran University (2-3-6, 4-3-6) 1-0 and University of Puget Sound (8-1-1, 9-3-1) edged Willamette (3-8-1, 5-10-1) by a 1-0 score. Lewis & Clark (5-4-2, 5-7-2) was idle.

Other Sunday matches find UPS at Linfield and PLU and Lewis & Clark. Linfield drew the bye.

Whitman has three more matches following Sunday’s game. The Missionaries are at L&C and at Willamette next weekend and entertain Linfield Nov. 2 in their season finale.