Whitman Win Over Willamette 1-0

A single goal was all the Whitman men’s soccer team needed Saturday to slip past Willamette 1-0 at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Shutting out the Bearcats for the second time this season, the Missionaries moved back to .500 in the Northwest Conference with a record of 4-4 (6-7 on the season). Willamette is 1-7 in the NWC and 3-9 overall.

Outshooting the Bearcats 13-3 in the first 45 minutes, the Missionaries finally capitalized on an opportunity at the 39:14 mark. A Peter Randall cross was flicked the air by John Rue and finished off by defender Cole Sherman. It was Sherman’s first goal of the season, and a team-high fourth assist for Randall.

The Missionary defense held strong in the second half to preserve the victory. Brett Axelrod, Whitman’s first-year keeper, made all three of his saves in the second half, and the back line held Willamette to just nine total shots for the game. It was Axelrod’s third shutout of the season.

Ryan Powers and Donald Bressler had two shots and one shot on goal apiece for the Bearcats.

The Missionaries continue NWC play on Sunday with a home game against George Fox. Willamette plays Sunday at Whitworth in Spokane. Both games start at 2:30 p.m.