Pirates fall to Saints in 2OT Thriller

Pirates fall to Saints in 2OT Thriller

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

SPOKANE, Wash. – In yet another 2-1 heartbreaker the Whitworth Pirates lost to the Carroll Saints on Sunday afternoon in two overtimes. Kyle Thomson scored the match-winner on assists from Alessio Georgiades and Eric Hollenbaugh.

The loss sends Whitworth to 1-3 on the season and buoyed Carroll's record to 2-1 after a match that was exciting for all 105 minutes.

Austin Cassity started the scoring. The senior finished off an attack that started with a free kick by Eric Espinoza. When Espinoza's shot bounced off the crossbar, Cassity sprinted into the goal box to score his first goal of the season. The opening goal came in the 9th minute and was Cassity's first of the year. 

After the 9th minute goal, the two teams settled into their specific strategies. The Pirates played their possession game for the remainder of the half, while Carroll tried to get behind the Whitworth defense with long passes to score the equalizer.

That equalizing goal would come after halftime, in the 54th minute. In the chaos following a shot by Jose Porras, Rodrigo Portillo found the ball at his feet and discharged it to the back of the net.

After Portillo's goal, the Saints continued to control the match. They forced Whitworth goalkeeper Jesus Nunez into action with 12 shots in the second half, but couldn't take the lead as many of the shots were off target and the rest were saved. The score stayed at 1-1, where it would remain until Thomson's winner in overtime. 

In the match's entirety, Carroll finished with a 19-11 advantage in shots and 6-3 edge in shots on goal. The Pirates finished with the lead in saves (4-2) and corner kicks (10-6). A player on both teams received a caution. Whitworth's offender was Micah Weller, and Carroll's was Braden Wall.

Blake Hepler, Eric Espinoza, and Cassity tied for the team lead in shots with two. No Pirates were credited with an assist because Cassity's goal was off a rebound.

The Bucs are back in action next weekend with matches against Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox. Whitworth takes on Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, Sept. 16 and battles the Bruins Sunday, Sept. 17. Both matches will begin at 2:30 and take place at the Whitworth Soccer Field.