Hasson Scores, Porter Denies, Women Win

News Release Date:
Saturday, October 11

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- First-year forward Amy Hasson booted her second collegiate goal and junior keeper Courtney Porter posted her fourth shutout of the season as the Whitman women's soccer team blanked George Fox 1-0 Saturday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

Amy Hasson

Whitman, now 7-3 on the season, moved to 5-2 in the Northwest Conference, taking sole possession of second place. George Fox dropped to 8-3 and 4-3.

Hasson scored the game's lone goal at the 56:42 mark of the second half. Corina Gabbert played a ball wide right to Jennifer Doane, who dribbled to the top of the 18-yard box, cut back to the middle and crossed a pass to Hasson. Following a quick touch and dribble, Hasson rifled a 15-yard bullet that beat diving keeper Sally Page low and to her right.

Jennifer Doane

"She got her hand on it but couldn't stop it," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "Amy hit the ball hard."

Whitman outshot their hosts 11-4 in the first half, but the two teams ended the game with 17 shots apiece. "Once we had the lead, they started throwing more numbers at us, trying to get the equalizing goal," Shields said. "Our backs on defense did a great job, though. Courtney finished with 10 saves, but most of those were routine. They didn't get very many good shots."

Seniors Sarah Nostal and Kristen Mittelsteadt anchored the defense in the middle with sophomore Kate Newman on the right and first-year defender Libby Watkins on the left.

"It was a great group effort, but Kristen deserves a lot of credit for dropping back from the midfield to plug a hole in the defense," Shields said. "Kate Potter was hurt in last Sunday's game, so Kristen switched positions and we didn't miss a beat."

Kristen Mittelsteadt

Hasson and Doane paced the offense with four shots apiece. Alisa Larson-Xu added three shots while Gabbert and Liz Forbes each had two. 

Whitman's 1-0 victory turned the tables a bit on George Fox, which had won its previous four games by the same 1-0 score. Prior to Saturday, the Bruins had surrendered just three goals in their first six conference games. 

The Missionaries now have won four of their first five NWC games on the road, chalking up those four victories without giving up a goal. After wrapping up the first half of league play on Sunday at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., Whitman plays six of its final eight conference games at home.

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