Men's Soccer plays to 0-0 tie against UPS

News Release Date:
Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tacoma, Wash.- Playing their seventh overtime contest in fifteen games this season, the Whitman men's soccer team salvaged a 0-0 tie against the 3rd-place Loggers of Puget Sound.

Cooper Schumacher, Jr.

A day after suffering a second straight last-second defeat, Coach Mike Washingotn said it was "nice to have something to show for our effort today," and what an effort it was.

Playing the full 110 minutes, the Missionary defense was stout. Despite getting outshot 19-9 and trailing 15-2 in corner kicks in regulation, Whitman defensemen Dhavan Vengadasalam (Kent, WA), Jack Morgan (Bellingham, WA), Cooper Shumacher (Seattle, WA), Isaac Sappington (Pasco, WA) and Ried Shaw (Seattle, WA) prevented the Loggers from getting many legitimate opportunities, blocking 4 shots in the first half and 5 in the second.

Ried Shaw, Jr.

Senior goalkeeper Michael Bathurst (Portland, OR) had the answer for the five shots that managed to get through the wall-like defense in his third shutout of the season. Overall, Washington called the game a "stellar defensive display."

A day after playing extra time against PLU, Washington also gave "credit to our players for playing two OT games back to back. We took the game to UPS at times and created some good looks at their goal."

For the most part, those good looks game in the extra frames, when the Missionaries outshot UPS 13-2, but UPS keeper Chris McDonald stymied the four shots that were headed for the back of the net in his 9th shutout of the season.

Senior Leland Matthaeus (Redmond, WA) led the way for Whitman on the stat sheet with 6 shots, two of which were on the frame, while sophomore Jose Beleche (Walla Walla, WA) wasn't far behind with 5 shots, 1 on net.

The tie brings Whitman's conference record to 2-5-2, making them 7th in the conference. The Missionaries will have plenty of opportunity to move up next weekend as they play host to 8th-place Pacific and 9th-place Linfield. If the way Whitman has finished its last two seasons is any indication (5-0 and 4-1 records in 2010 and 2011, respectively), it's only a matter of time before they start winning these close ones.