Warner Pacific Defeats Willamette, 4-1

SALEM, OR -- Warner Pacific College scored two goals in the game's first 15 minutes on its way to a 4-1 victory over host Willamette University, Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Sparks Field. WPC evened its record at 1-1 on the season, while the Bearcats fell to 0-2.

Rob Patterson scored two goals and one assist for Warner Pacific. Chris Price added two goals for the Knights. Willamette's goal was scored by Nick Forbes (So., F, Carbondale, CO/CRMS) and assisted by Ben Ward (Jr., MF, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) and Forrest Donoho (So., MF, Boulder, CO/Fairview HS).

Patterson opened the scoring just 1:48 into the contest on an assist from Jacob Jackson. Price added WPC's second goal at 14:23, with Matt Radke earning an assist. Price gave the Knights a 3-0 lead when he scored on a break-away at 30:52, after receiving a pass from Patterson.

The lead for WPC increased to 4-0 on Patterson's second goal at 53:48. Scott Corwin was credited with an assist on the play.

Willamette put together several crisp passes to set up the Bearcats' only goal at 69:27. Forbes scored from about 12 yards out after receiving a pass from Donaho. The play began when Ward took a pass from the midfield and sent the ball from the right wing to Donaho, who was just inside the penalty box. Donaho's follow-up pass took WPC goalie Brandon Mitalis out of the play, as Forbes shot to the left corner of the goal.

It was Willamette's first goal this season. The Bearcats were shut out by Northwest University, 1-0, in the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Against Warner Pacific, the Bearcats recorded 16 shots, but gave up 26 shots to the Knights, including 11 shots on goal. Willamette's only shot on goal was Forbes' successful shot into the net.

WU starting goalie Mark Bennett (Fr., GK, Salt Lake City, UT/West HS) allowed three goals and recorded four saves. Alek Schilbach (Fr., GK, Edmonds, WA/Kamiak HS) entered the game at the start of the second half and ended the game with three saves and one goal allowed.

The Bearcats will continue their five-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 8 against California Lutheran University and on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Walla Walla College. Both games will be played at Sparks Field, with Friday's encounter set for 5 p.m. (PDT) and Saturday's game scheduled for an 8 p.m. (PDT) kickoff. On Friday, the Willamette women's soccer team also plays California Lutheran, with game time slated for 7 p.m. (PDT).