Men's Soccer Falls to Boxers 0-1 in Road Tilt

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 22

Forrest Grove, Ore.- Playing Pacific University in an early-season NWC tilt, the Whitman Men's Soccer team fell into an early hole and, despite controlling play, was never able to equalize.

After an uneventful first ten minutes, the Boxers took an early lead when Nick Calkins' long throw in somehow ended up in the back of the net. After the ball entered the crowded box, it bounced around before Antonio Maddedu managed to put it past Whitman keeper, Michael Bathurst (Portland, OR).

The Missionaries controlled possession from there on out, outshooting Pacific 18 to 13, but they were unable to generate any notable chances... said head coach Mike Washington of the performance, "We didn't play very well today... We didn't do a very good job of keeping the ball, and we didn't do a very good job when we had the ball."

The lone bright spot on the day, Washington claimed, were defenders Dhavan Vengadasalam (Kent, WA), Jack Morgan (Bellingham, WA), and Reid Shaw(Seattle, WA) who, "put in a stern performance."  The men's team plays George Fox University tomorrow (0-3 in the conference), where they will need to "create more chances and finish our chances. We need to take this one on the chin and bounce back." Bouncing back will be very important for the Whitman side, as this loss drops them to 0-2-1 in conference play, tied for 6th in the conference. Historically, Whitman has been a resilient team, however, as they have lost back to back conference games just once in the past two seasons.