Men's Soccer draw in OT 0-0
News Release Date:
Saturday, September 15
Walla Walla, Wash. - Ties are not good, but losses are a whole lot worse. And for that reason, Whitman coach Mike Washington was hardly disconsolate Saturday after the Missionaries battled Willamette to a 0-0 deadlock in the Northwest Conference men’s soccer opener for both schools.
“It’s one point (in the standings) rather than three,” Washington said. “But it’s not a loss (zero points), also. So from that perspective, it’s OK.” The teams battled through 90 regulation minutes and two 10-minute overtime sessions before it was called a draw. Whitman senior goalkeeper Michael Bathurst (Portland, Ore.) was only required to make one save as he notched his second shutout of the season and the 11th of his Missionary career.
Bearcats goalkeeper Brayden Calder turned back four Whitman shots on goal as the Missionaries outshot Willamette 12-7.
Washington called Saturday’s match “hard work” and saw plenty of room for improvement for his team. “We probably didn’t have as good a rhythm as we have had in the past,” the coach said. “We didn’t generate much offense, and we will need to improve on that (Sunday) against Linfield.
“Willamette played central and forced us to play central,” Washington added. “We needed to play wider, and I think we improved on that as the game went on. But it was a lot of hard work because they made it difficult. They are well organized and forced you into turnovers, and their pressure was very good.”
Washington said he wasn’t sure what to expect from Linfield Sunday. “I think it is another team that is going to make you work at it,” he said. “They have a new coach and probably a new style. We do have a scout on them and it looks like they have changed their formation a little bit.
“We may have to change a little bit, too, to get what we want out of the game.”
Whitman took a 2-3-2 overall record against Linfield Sunday. The Wildcats came to town with 2-2 overall record after opening NWC play Saturday in Spokane with a 2-0 loss to Whitworth. Willamette (0-0-1, 3-2-2) is at Whitworth (1-0, 4-0-1) Sunday.
Whitman is back on the road next weekend with conference matches at Pacific University Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore., and at George Fox Sunday in Newberg, Ore.