Eagles Soar Past Whit Men in Overtime
News Release Date:
Thursday, October 13
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Trinity Lutheran's Sergio Martinez scored his second goal of the game with 12 seconds left in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 non-conference victory over Whitman College Thursday night at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Trinity Lutheran (Everett, Wash.) ran its record to 8-4-1 on the season.
Whitman, which slipped to 4-6-1, sent a total of 14 first-year players into the contest and spent most of the night with eight rookies on the field at any given time.
Resting its regulars made sense in that Whitman returns to Northwest Conference action in just a few days, traveling to Tacoma for games at Puget Sound on Saturday and Pacific Lutheran on Sunday.
Trinity Lutheran, which notched lopsided victories over two NWC schools (Pacific, George Fox) earlier this season, opened the scoring against Whitman in the 27th minute of the first half.
Martinez took a pass from Alan Sanchez and lofted a shot over one of the two freshmen who shared goal-keeping duties for the Missionaries.
It took Whitman just over 10 minutes to answer back. Freshman Joe Virden crossed a ball to sophomore Chris Perkins, who scored for the third time this season to the left side of the goal.
The first half ended with the two sides deadlocked at 1-1. Whitman keeper Stuart Ellsworth made six saves against 14 shots to keep the Missionaries in the game.
Niko Kontos took over for Ellsworth after intermission and faced 20 more Trinity shots, making five more saves, before Martinez booted the game-winning goal near the end of the 10-minute overtime.
Whitman got two shots each from Perkins, sophomore Junpei Tsuji and freshmen Riley Paul and Bill Landefeld.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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