Missionary men win third in row, 3-1, over George Fox


WALLA WALLA — Midfielder Alex Barsher scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and the Whitman College men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to three games as it downed George Fox Sunday afternoon, 3-1, at the Whitman Athletic Fields in a Northwest Conference matchup.

The Bruins got out to the early lead when Luke Hammer put in a ball that deflected off Whitman goalkeeper Stuart Ellsworth.

But the Missionaries (3-0-1 in NWC play, 3-4-2 overall) then took control of the match, scoring three unanswered goals.

The first came when Junpei Tsuji placed a through-ball to Barsher, who beat the defender and then sent a shot past the goalkeeper into the left corner.

The second goal was a shot from the top of the box by Riley Paul after a perfect assist from Daniel Kim. It was Paul’s first goal of the season.

Whitman capped off the scoring when Barsher followed a cross with a boot into the goal at the 55:23 mark.

“It was nice to see our players believing in their game this weekend, Whitman coach Mike Washington said. “Next week’s trip to Tacoma is looming and we are excited to be playing the top two teams in the league.”

The Missionaries now travel to Puget Sound on Saturday and to Pacific Lutheran on Sunday, for 2:30 p.m. matches both days.


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