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WHITMAN 1, GEORGE FOX 0: Missionaries Edge Bruins on Freedman’s 2nd-Half Goal
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Sam Freedman scored his second goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half, breaking a scoreless duel and lifting the Whitman College Missionaries to a 1-0 win over the visiting George Fox University Bruins in Northwest Conference men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon here at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
With the win, the Missionaries completed a season sweep of the Bruins and evened their season record at 7-7-2 while going to 7-4 in the conference. George Fox slipped to 2-12-1 overall and 0-10-1 in the NWC.
The Missionaries totally controlled the opening half, out-shooting the Bruins 10-0 but failing to capitalize on their chances. Just before intermission, Whitman had headers by Jack Morgan and Cooper Schumacher 40 seconds apart clang off the post and the crossbar.
The Missionaries picked up the only goal of the game at the 57:24 mark of the second half when Riley Hernandez made a long run to the top of the box and slid a short cross to Freedman, who kicked the ball to the top of the goal for the game-winner.
The George Fox offense finally came alive in the second half as the Bruins managed 11 shots to 14 for the Missionaries. Pressing in an effort to secure the equalizing goal, the Bruins even brought goalkeeper Elliott Davis out high to take a free kick that he nearly put into the net, only to have Whitman netminder Michael Bathurst make one of his three saves on the effort. That triggered a Whitman fast break that nearly resulted in an insurance goal, but Davis was able to get back and make one of his five saves in the game.
Whitman finished with a 24-11 edge in shots, 6-3 in shots on goal, and 7-3 in corner kicks.
NEXT: George Fox plays its lone home night game of the season Friday, hosting the University of Puget Sound at 7:00 p.m. at the Austin Sports Complex ... Whitman hosts Willamette University Saturday at 2:30 p.m.