WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Stephen Phillips, a junior midfielder who has helped spark the Whitman College soccer team to its best start in a decade, has been named Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week for men's soccer.

Phillips, a team captain, booted two of Whitman's first three goals in last Saturday's season-opening 8-1 victory at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. He added a third goal in Sunday's 3-2 win at California's University of La Verne.

Whitman ran it season record to 3-0 earlier today (Tuesday) with a 4-0 victory at Saint Martin's University. Phillips collected his fourth goal of the season to start today's scoring, although the game and its statistics had no bearing on this week's Player of the Week selection.

Counting today's statistics, Phillips ranks second in the NWC in scoring with eight points for his four goals. He trails only his teammate, senior Andy Huntington, who has four goals and one assist for nine points. Phillips played his prep ball at Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.

The Missionaries play their home openers this weekend. Whitman hosts British Columbia's Simon Fraser University at noon Saturday and Albertson College at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Northwest Conference season gets rolling on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, with Whitman hosting Linfield College and Pacific University.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
(509) 527-5902; email: holden@whitman.edu