Missionary women suffer first loss of season

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SPOKANE – The Whitman College women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday at the hands of Whitworth, the second meeting between the two teams in three days.

The 2-0 final in Spokane drops the Missionaries to 5-1 overall, 1-1 in Northwest Conference play.

Both of the Pirates’ goals came in the second half. Whitworth went up 1-0 in the 78th minute when Jami Hegg scored on a penalty kick.

Less than four minutes later, Whitman goalie Emily Davis came out to clear the ball, but her hard kick bounced off Whitworth’s Jackie Day and into the goal.

In the final minutes, Whitman’s Hallie Swan sent a shot on-goal, but Whitworth goalkeeper Andrea Stump made the save.

Stump, who had seven saves on the day, turned away a point-blank shot by Kelsey Roehner from five yards out early in the second half, and Roehner’s follow-up went wide.

The Missionaries, once again, outshot their opponents, this time 16-9.

Midfielder Swan led the Missionaries with four shots, two on-goal.

Fellow midfielder Mackenzie Hughes fired three shots, one on-goal.

The two teams played on Friday night at Whitman, with the Missionaries winning 2-0. In that match, Whitman controlled the tempo for most of the contest and outshot the Pirates 19-4.

“It’s a hard loss to swallow after winning five straight, but we have to respond positively,” Missionary coach Heather Cato said. “We need to put our chances and our opponents away when we have the opportunity, instead of allowing teams to stay in it. Regardless, Whitworth battled us all game and played hard for 90 minutes.”

The Missionaries play at Willamette at 2 p.m. Saturday, and then play at Lewis & Clark at noon on Sunday.

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