WHITMAN 2, GEORGE FOX 0: Matthaeus’ Goal and Assist Lead Missionaries by Bruins
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Leland Matthaeus scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second, both in the second half, in leading the Whitman College Missionaries past the visiting George Fox University Bruins 2-0 in a Northwest Conference men’s soccer match Saturday afternoon here at the Whitman Athletic Field.
The Missionaries were in total control throughout the first half, taking 19 shots to only two for the Bruins, but the visitors played solid defense and turned away eight shots on goal, seven by keeper Elliott Davis and one by the Bruin back line.
Matthaeus broke the scoreless deadlock just over three minutes into the second half when he gathered in the rebound of a shot off the crossbar by teammate Joe Virden and followed it in for his fifth goal of the season. In the 78th minute, he crossed to the middle for Bill Landefeld, whose shot on the fly found the back of the net for his first score of the campaign and a big insurance goal for the Missionaries.
While Whitman had nine second-half shots, the Bruins doubled their total with four shots, including one each on goal by Luke Hammer, Luke Dickens, and Conor Ike. Matthaeus led Whitman with seven shots, four on goal, while Junpei Tsuji had six shots. The Missionaries held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks as well.
Davis finished with eight total saves for the Bruins, while Michael Bathurst made three saves in the net for the Missionaries.
NEXT: George Fox (2-12-1, NWC 2-8) concludes its eastern Washington swing Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at league-leading and ninth-ranked Whitworth University (11-0-3, NWC 8-0-2) in Spokane ... Whitman (5-8-3, NWC 3-5-2) hosts Pacific University (4-11, NWC 2-8) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ... Both games are conference doubleheaders, with women’s games preceding each at 12:00 noon.