Women’s Soccer Settles for Scoreless Tie Against PLU

Quin Nelson

The Whitman women’s soccer team played well but ended up with a 0-0 tie against Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday at the Whitman Soccer Complex.

As was the case Saturday, the Missionaries established control early on. Center midfielders Hallie Swan and Jaclyn Rudd were solid as usual, and outside players such as Sophomore outside back Jade Anderson were highly involved as well. The Whitman defense was solid and relatively untested, aside from a few threatening shots off a PLU corner kick that were blocked off the line in the 29th minute.

Whitman continued its overall dominance in the second half. For the game, the Missionaries outshot the Lutes 26-11, and forced PLU keeper Laurie Reddy to make 14 saves, whereas Whitman keeper Emily Davis only had to make four. Despite such an outstanding performance, the Missionaries could not find the net. This frustration was best encapsulated in the 80th minute. Whitman got a hold of a corner kick, and hammered shot after shot but simply could not get through the PLU defense. Both teams had dangerous moments in overtime, but the whistle blew with zeros on the scoreboard. PLU was able to escape with a draw despite being outplayed, and are now 2-1-5 overall and 0-1-5 in Northwest Conference play.

The Missionaries were more dangerous on goal than they were against UPS on Saturday, but once again could not find their finishing touch, and were shut out for the weekend. Whitman is now 3-7-1 overall, and 2-4-1 in NWC play. The Missionaries play next on October 7 at noon at Linfield College.