Sunday, November 6, 2011
WALLA WALLA - Amy Hasson scored twice while MacKenzie Hughes and Hallie Swan added one apiece as Whitman ended its soccer season on a high note with a 4-1 Northwest Conference victory over Willamette Saturday afternoon in Salem, Ore.
Following a scoreless first half, Hasson broke the ice in the second minute of the second half. She found the net from 16 yards out after running down a pass from Marisol Fonzeca.
Nine minutes later, Hasson made it 2-0 when she knocked in the rebound after Misha Evertz bounced a shot off the keeper and the post.
Willamette closed the gap midway through the second half when Stephanie Skelly beat the goal keeper to a through ball, scoring from about 16 yards.
Whitman struck back in a hurry, scoring less than five minutes later when passes from Marisa Poorboy and Kate Potter set the table for Hughes, who hit paydirt from nine yards out.
With less than seven minutes left to play, Poorboy slipped a pass into the box for Swan, who sidestepped a defender on the left side and scored to the far post.
"This was a great win and great send-off for our seven seniors," Whitman coach Heather Cato said. "Although our record doesn't represent it, we played well all season and the way we finished today shows just how good this team really is."
Whitman finished its season with records of 6-8-2 in conference and 8-10-2 on the season.
While neither team scored in today's opening half, it wasn't because the opportunities were lacking.
Whitman put four of its five shots on frame in the first half, but Willamette keeper Nicole Price made four saves to keep the game scoreless. Meanwhile, two of four Bearcat shots banged off one of the posts.
Whitman had the clear run of play in the second half, outshooting their hosts 12-5 over the final 45 minutes.
Hasson's only two shots of the day resulted in her two goals. She capped a splendid senior season (and four-year career) with 15 goals and six assists in 19 games.
Hasson's senior campaign is the second-most prolific single-season scoring effort at Whitman in the past two decades.
Skelly, who scored Willamette's only goal in today's game, finished with 16 goals and five assists in 20 games.
In addition to Hasson, Fonzeca, Potter and Chock, goalkeeper Lauren Brougham, Libby Watkins and Claire Westcott all finished their careers at Whitman.