Soccer Men Play 9th OT Game, Get 6th Tie

News Release Date:
Sunday, October 12

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Playing into overtime for the ninth time in 13 games this season, the Whitman College men's soccer team came away with its sixth tie in Sunday afternoon's 1-1 deadlock at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

After finishing the first half with one goal apiece, the two sides failed to score again in the second half and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Pacific took the early lead, scoring in the 34th minute. The Missionaries pulled even with less than three minutes left in the half, thanks to sophomore Cooper Crosby's first college goal. Crosby, who has emerged as a defensive force for Whitman in his first two seasons, headed in Joe Johnson's corner kick from eight yards out. 

Whitman, now 4-1-2 in the Northwest Conference, slipped out of first place by a single point. Whitworth took over the top spot with a 3-1 Sunday victory at George Fox, upping its record to 5-2.

The Missionaries nearly scored Sunday's first goal in the opening minute of play. After Jasper Lipton's 15-yard shot was punched away by Pacific keeper Andrew Stevermer, Lipton knocked a rebound shot off Stevermer's hands and into the net, but the goal was waved off with an offside call.

Pacific got off three quick shots in the first three minutes of the first overtime. Two shots went wide, and Whitman keeper Brett Axelrod made the save on a third attempt from close range.

Late in the second overtime, Whitman's John Fleming fired a rocket from just inside the 18-yard box that a Pacific defender blocked at the last second. Thirty seconds later, Todd Wallenius got open for a 10-yard shot that Stevermer saved.

Pacific outshot Whitman 15-13 for the game, although the Missionaries put five of its shots on goal, two more than the Boxers. Stephen Phillips led the Whitman offense with three shots. Jason Shon, Greg Phillips and Wallenius had two shots each.

With a 6-1-6 season record, Whitman heads to the second half of the NWC season with a favorable schedule, playing five of its last seven games at home. Sunday's tie left Pacific with records of 2-1-4 and 6-3-4.

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