Newberg, Ore. – (From GFU Sports Information) Rylan Berriman scored the quickest goal in Whitworth men's soccer history on Sunday afternoon to kickstart the visiting Pirates' 6-0 win at George Fox.
Whitworth improved to 10-3-2 overall and 8-2-1 in the NWC to keep pressure on league-leading Puget Sound. The Bruins dropped to 1-16, 0-11.
On the Pirates' first possession, Robby Ubben sent a through ball from midfield to a Rylan Berriman, who split the Bruin defense and beat keeper Ricardo Sotelo for his second goal of the season with 44:34 showing in the game clock. The Pirates' second goal came at the 23:42 mark when the Bruins were whistled for a foul just outside the box and Spencer Wolfe hammered the direct free kick inside the left post from 20 yards out for his second goal.
The Pirates add three more goals in rapid succession in the first half. Matt Bray scored his first goal one-on-one against Sotelo after a through ball from Colin Shockman at 30:55, David Starkovich's corner kick at 36:58 resulted in Balin Larson's second goal, and Karl Muelheims scored a one-on-one goal, his third of the year, at 43:06 following a through ball from Sam Engle.
Ahead 5-0, the Pirates added one final goal in the second half, Will Wren heading home a corner kick from Wolfe at 48:54 for his second goal of the season. Wolfe led the Pirates on the day with a goal and an assist. But reflective of the way things have gone for the team all season, six different players scored for Whitworth on Sunday.
The offensive statistics were not as one-sided as might be expected from the final score. Whitworth out-shot George Fox 24-14 overall, 13-3 in shots on goal, and 8-5 in corner kick opportunities.
Sotelo finished with seven saves in the net for the Bruins. Timmy Costa got the win in 58 minutes of work in goal for the Pirates, making two saves, while Shane Nishioka-Healy completed the shutout with one save.
Whitworth will play the final three regular season games of 2013 at home, beginning with a match against Willamette next Saturday.