Men's Soccer Tallies 2-1 Scrimmage Win
News Release Date:
Monday, August 29
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In a tune-up for the start of its fall season, the Whitman College men's soccer team slipped past visiting College of Idaho 2-1 Monday night on the strength of goals by junior Jed Jacobson and sophomore Cooper Schumacher.
The game, played at the Whitman Athletic Fields, was a non-counting scrimmage for the NCAA Division III Missionaries.
For the NAIA-affiliated Coyotes, however, the game counted as a season-opening loss.
College of Idaho broke the scoring ice in the 26th minute when Brad Byers sent a low line drive to the top of 18-yard box.
Carlos Gomez was there with enough speed and agility to get his foot on the ball, redirecting it past the Whitman keeper and into the net.
Whitman wasted little time getting even, scoring the equalizer four minutes later.
After working a nifty give-and-go exchange with sophomore Leland Matthaeus on the left side of the box, senior Brian Percival slipped a quick pass back to the far post, where Jacobson was waiting to chip it home.
With just under 12 minutes left in the first half, Matthaeus came open on the right side and knocked a bullet off the crossbar.
Whitman freshman Riley Paul clanged another shot off the crossbar early in the second half, and Schumacher got his head on Jacobson's corner kick in the 63rd minute. That latter scoring attempt was cleared by the Coyote defense.
College of Idaho uncorked three shots of its own over the next five minutes, forcing Whitman keeper Michael Bathurst to stop one ball for his second save of the game.
The outcome turned in Whitman's favor when junior Dhavan Vengadasalam fed a pass up the left side for sophomore Chris Perkins, who was fouled from behind, giving the Missionaries a free kick.
Sophomore Junpei Tsuji took the kick at the 71:56 mark, lofting the ball into the box for the 6-foot-3 Schumacher, who found his way through a mass of humanity to head it home.
Whitman nearly scored again with 15 minutes left to play when junior Andrew Clark worked himself free on the right side and fired a missle off the crossbar.
Bathurst made his third save for the Missionaries with just under 10 minutes remaining. That was the last Coyote shot of the night as Whitman closed out the victory.
Both teams finished the night with 12 shots. Whitman put five of its attempts on frame, one more than College of Idaho. Keeper Aaron Reynolds made two saves for the Coyotes.
Whitman coach Mike Washington, now in his 14th season, used a total of 22 players in the game, including five freshmen.
Whitman travels to Kirkland, Wash., on Thursday to open its season with a 4 p.m. game against Northwest University.
The Missionaries then return home next Monday for a 7 p.m. game against Warner Pacific.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com