Linfield escapes with 2-1 men's soccer victory

Monday, Sep 17, 2012

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College outshot Linfield 16-5 Sunday afternoon but found the back of the net just once, allowing Linfield to escape with a 2-1 men’s Northwest Conference soccer victory.

The tough-luck defeat came on the heels of Saturday’s scoreless double-overtime tie against Willamette and left the Missionaries at 0-1-1 in conference play and 2-4-2 overall.

“We’re a little bit punch drunk right now,” Whitman coach Mike Washington said. “We’ve worked so hard.

“We need to learn to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes and punish them. We completely outplayed them but we didn’t take advantage of the chances we created.”

Leland Mattaeus

Whitman’s lone goal came at 51:40 of the second half when senior Leland Matthaeus (Redmond, Wash.) scored unassisted to tie the score at 1-1. The tie lasted until 71:43 when Linfield’s Domenico Del Prete scored unassisted for what proved to be the winning goal.

Linfield’s Cody Escott scored the game’s first goal late in the first half, also unassisted.

Wildcats goalkeeper Scott Goodman was credited with four saves while Whitman’s Michael Bathurst, a senior from Portland, Ore., turned back four Linfield shots on goal.

“I am happy with our performance overall,” Washington said. “I don’t think that we have been outplayed in any game this season. It would have been nice to have a couple of wins this weekend, but we’re still in the race.”

Whitman is back on the road this weekend with conference matches at Pacific University Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore., and at George Fox Sunday in Newberg, Ore.

“Hopefully a change of venue will be good for us,” Washington said. “You do a lot more bonding on the road instead of at home when everybody goes their own way.”