Lammer's Late Goal Lifts Bearcats Past Whitman, 2-1

WALLA WALLA, WA. — Jessica Lammers curled in a 35-yard shot with under nine minutes to play as the Willamette University women’s soccer team came from behind to defeat Whitman 2-1 in a Northwest Conference match at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

The Bearcats, who scored late in both halves to get a key conference win, raised their record to 6-2-1 in conference and 8-4-1 overall. The home team dropped to 4-3-2 NWC and 6-4-2.

The Missionaries out-shot Willamette by a slim 21-19 margin, although both squads were credited with eight shots on goal.

Whitman finally broke through with 5:32 left in the first half half. Junior Sammie Arthur got her head on the ball and reversed its flight, sneaking the ball just inside the near post. It was her fourth goal in a season interrupted by an ankle injury.

Less than two minutes later, Willamette got the equalizer courtesy of a penalty kick directly in front of the Missionary goal. Whitman first-year keeper Erica Goad, who was part of a three-way collision in the right back side of the penalty box, was called for the foul. Willamette's Susan Butler made the penalty shot to send the game to halftime in a 1-1 deadlock.

Late in the second half, at the 81:00 mark, Lammers set up on the left side and nailed a 35-yard shot to the far post to score what proved to be the game winner.

Bearcat goalie Kari Woody, a junior, finished with seven saves in goal for Willamette. Goad made six saves.

In last month's first meeting between the two teams in Salem, Ore., Willamette scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-1 victory.

Whitman stays at home Sunday to host George Fox University. Willamette plays at Whitworth in Spokane. Both games start at noon.