Soccer Women Fall to Second-Half Flurry

News Release Date:
Wednesday, October 29

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitworth University women's soccer team broke open a close game with a flurry of second-half goals and posted a 4-0 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman College Wednesday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Four Pirates booted goals as Whitworth improved to 8-4-1 in the NWC and moved to within a point of second-place Willamette University in the conference standings. Whitman, slowed by a few key injuries in recent weeks, dropped its fourth straight game and saw its NWC record fall to 6-6-1.

Whitworth took charge in the opening minutes of play, applying plenty of offensive pressure and putting a ball in the back of the net in the 11th minute. Elizabeth Mattila drove up the right side of the field and crossed a pass to an onrushing Whitney Ramsey, who redirected the ball for her fourth goal of the season.

"It was a beautiful play and a beautiful goal," Whitman coach Scott Shields. "But at least it seemed to wake us up. We started playing better and had our best stretch of the game over the last 20 to 25 minutes of the first half."

Senior midfielder Alisa Larson-Xu and first-year forward Amy Hasson sparked the Whitman surge, getting off three shots apiece. Hasson missed wide left on one scoring opportunity and had two other shots blocked.

Whitman finished the first 45 minutes of action with a 7-6 edge in shots. "Had we capitalized on one or two of those scoring opportunities, it could have been a different game," Shields said.

The second half, however, was a different story. Seven minutes in, Kelly Baker made it 2-0 Whitworth, rifling a shot from 30 yards out that trickled just over the fingertips of Whitman keeper Courtney Porter.

"That goal seemed to deflate us a little bit," Shields said. "Once you're down 2-0 to a good team like Whitworth, it makes it hard." 

Baker's goal, her fourth of the season, did indeed seem to open the floodgates. The Pirates moved in front 3-0 in the 62nd minute when Devin Whitmill knocked in her first goal of the season, converting one of the eight corner kicks Whitworth took in the game.

Jenny Kryzmowski, assisted by Ramsey, completed the scoring with a 15-yard strike at the 71:39 mark.

Whitworth, which outshot Whitman 9-2 in the second half, got three attempts from Emily Rohde and two shots each from three other players. Callie Bergstrom, who made her only two saves during Whitman's first-half surge, earned the shutout in goal for the Pirates.

"Except for the last part of the first half, this wasn't a very good game for us overall," Shields said. "We made a lot of simple mistakes. We had a lot of breakdows, and Whitworth did a good job cashing in some of them." 

Larson-Xu and Hasson accounted for most of Whitman's offense with three shots apiece. Senior Jennifer Doane had two shots. Junior forward Corina Gabbert, Whitman's leading scorer on the season, played about half the game but was still hampered by an injury suffered four games ago.

Whitman stays at home to host Lewis & Clark College at 11 a.m. Saturday. Lewis & Clark then plays Whitworth in Spokane, Wash., at the same time on Sunday.

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