Five Goals in 10 Minutes: Men Blast Bruins
News Release Date:
Sunday, October 24
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Down 2-0 midway through the second half, Whitman College erupted for five goals in less than 10 minutes -- with the first three coming in less than three minutes -- for a 5-2 men's soccer victory over George Fox Sunday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Whitman improved to 6-3-2 in the Northwest Conference, slipping into third place in the league standings, just three points behind Pacific and four points back of first-place Pacific Lutheran.
Whitman, now 8-6-3 on the season, outshot George Fox 12-5 in the first half but found itself trailing 1-0 at the break.
The Bruins got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute on a quick-hitting play that Nick Schoen engineered with a run up the left side of the field. His cross to the far post was finished by an onrushing Andre Van der Werff.
George Fox, which remains winless on the season (0-10-1 NWC, 0-12-2 overall), doubled its lead in the 13th minute of the second half when Christian Reed struck pay dirt from 20 yards out.
The goal spigot for Whitman opened seven minutes later when a hustling Leland Matthaeus got to a ball just as George Fox keeper Elliott Davis was reaching to pick it up. The ball popped loose and rolled behind Davis for an easy finish by Matthaeus.
It took Matthaeus all of 71 seconds to knock home his second goal -- his fifth of the season -- to square the game at 2-2.
Junpei Tsuji set up that second goal, sending a ball up the left side for Matthaeus, who was one-on-one with the keeper while teammate Chris Perkins was racing up the middle of the field. Matthaeus paused for a second, mulling his options, before sending a strike just inside the far past from 20 yards out.
With Whitman continuing to press its attack, Conner Bottomly was knocked to the ground outside the box as he brought the ball forward. Jed Jacobson took the free kick and launched a missile into the left corner of the net from 30 yards away.
It was Jacobson's third goal of the season and it capped a span of 2:30 that saw Whitman soar from a 2-0 hole to a 3-2 lead.
Jacobson and the Missionaries weren't quite done. Less than five minutes after uncorking one missile, Jacobson fired off another, blistering a cross from the right side that Sam Freedman outraced to the far post.
Getting maximum extension from his left leg and foot, Freedman sent his sixth goal of the season rolling back to the right corner of the net.
Whitman added a second insurance goal, and capped its 10-minute scoring spree, at the 73:36 mark when Perkins booted a cross from the left side of the field toward Matthaeus, who let it roll past him for Tsuji. The freshman midfielder, open in the middle of the field, knocked home his first college goal.
Whitman finished with a 26-9 shot advantage and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
Freedman sparked the offense with seven shots. Matthaeus had five while Jacobson and Tsuji each added four.
Schoen took a team-high three shots for the Bruins. Reed and Sean Jany took two apiece.
Michael Bathurst, a first-year sophomore, made four saves to get the win in goal for the Missionaries.
Whitman plays all three of its remaining regular season games at home, starting with Linfield next Saturday and Willamette on Sunday.
George Fox hosts Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran next weekend.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org