Pacific Defeats Willamette, 3-1, in Northwest Conference Game

SALEM, ORE. Pacific University scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, on its way to a 3-1 win over Willamette University, in a Northwest Conference match on Saturday, Oct. 7. Pacific improved to 6-2-1 overall, including 3-2-1 in the NWC. Willamette fell to 1-9-1 overall, 0-5-1 in the NWC.

Matt McDonough recorded the opening goal just 1:47 into the game on a shot from eight yards that went off the left post, then off a defender near the right post. Colby White earned an assist on the play.

Danny Williams hit the net on a 10-yard header at the 8:34 mark, after receiving a lengthy pass from Derek Atta, who was near the center of the field. Atta received an assist on the goal.

The Boxers increased their lead to 3-0 at 51:59, when McDonnough's shot from about 16 yards out, glanced off a defender just enough to send it past goalkeeper Mark Bennett (Fr., Salt Lake City, UT/West HS). Bennett was ready to stop the shot in the middle of the goal, but the deflection sent it to his left and into the net.

Willamette's goal was scored at 88:57 by Thomas Cloutier (Jr., D, Beaverton, OR/Westview HS) with an assist from Mikey Rodriguez (Jr., F, Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS). The goal by Cloutier ended a scoreless streak of 436 minutes and four seconds for the Bearcats.

Pacific achieved a 16-11 advantage in total shots. The Boxers also held a 7-3 edge in shots on goal. Willamette earned six corner kicks, while the Boxers received just one corner kick.

Bennett registered four saves for the Bearcats. Pacific's starting goalie, Jory Shene, played 73:01 and provided one save, before giving way to Chris Caswell, who also earned one save.

Willamette will play at Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday, Oct. 8. Game time in Tacoma, Wash., is set for 2:30 p.m.