Defense Shines Again In 0-0 Men's Soccer Tie

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 6

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The defense was airtight once again as the Whitman College men's soccer team battled the College of Idaho to a scoreless double-overtime tie Saturday morning in Nampa, Idaho.

It was Whitman's second consecutive double-overtime shutout, and the third time in four games that the Missionaries have blanked their opponents. Whitman takes an 1-0-3 record into next Friday's home opener, a 7 p.m. contest with Northwest University at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

The College of Idaho, an NAIA school, left Saturday's 110-minute stalemate with a 1-1-1 early season record.

"We were awesome again on defense," Whitman coach Mike Washington said. "I can't say enough about how the fellows in back are playing. They've played an incredible number of minutes in these first four games, all of them double-overtime, and only given up one goal."

Starters on the defensive backline, in front of senior keeper Brett Axelrod, are seniors Kevin Sigley, Mike McKenzie and Joe Johnson, along with sophomore Cooper Crosby. "Kevin had a good game, but that group played well as a unit," Washington said.

Whitman outshot the Coyotes by a wide margin, 25-14, which included an 11-6 edge in shots on goal. Senior Greg Phillips nearly put the game away in the 97th minute, but his drive inside the 18-yard box ended when his shot richoted off the left post.

"Our midfielders and guys in the front played well, and we definitely had chances to score," Washington said. "What we need to do is finish our chances. The good news is that we are creating opportunities. We just need to polish them off."

Seniors Stephen Phillips and Cole Rathjen paced the offense with four shots apiece. Junior Todd Wallenius and sophomore Matt Manley both took three shots.

Box score: Whitman 0, College of Idaho 0

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu