Whitworth Looks to Extend Win Streak at Home

Whitworth Looks to Extend Win Streak at Home

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth men's soccer will look to continue a four match winning streak at home this weekend when they take on Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

The Pirates take on the Loggers Saturday, Oct. 21 and battle the Lutes Sunday, Oct. 22. Both men's matches will follow women's soccer and are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The Whitworth men's soccer schedule will have live links to this weekend's matches.

The Pirates:  After a slow start to the season, Whitworth (7-6-1, 5-3-1 NWC) bounced back over the last four matches with wins over Whitman, Willamette, and Linfield twice.

Last weekend, the Pirates opened with a take down of the Wildcats 3-0 on Saturday. Moi Diaz scored two goals and assisted on the Pirates' third to lead Whitworth to their then-third straight victory.

Then, Whitworth took revenge over a Willamette team that defeated them 3-1 earlier in the season. Kyle Cacoyannis scored the match-winner in the 82nd minute to give the Pirates a 2-1 win.

Chasing History: The Pirates are looking to make history this season. The men's soccer program has never won four consecutive Northwest Conference championships, and after titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016 this season's Pirates have a chance to be the first to win four straight. 

How May We Assist You: The Pirates' league-leading offense is facilitated by league-leading passing, leading the Northwest Conference with 24 assists. Jonah Snyder leads the conference with six assists with Eric Espinoza and Austin Cassity hot on his heels with five apiece.

Student-Athlete of the Month: After a steller September in which he totaled up 11 points with four goals and three assists, Snyder was recently named the Whitworth / Subway men's soccer athlete of the month. This is the third time Snyder has earned student-athlete of the month recognition.

The Loggers: Puget Sound (7-4-1, 5-3-1 NWC) enters the weekend tied with Whitworth

for third in the NWC. Last weekend, the Loggers defeated George Fox 4-0 before tying with Pacific (Ore.) 1-1. 

Ezra Kraus leads Puget Sound's offense. The senior has five goals and two assists this season, leading the Loggers from the midfield. Back in net, Robert Jorgensen leads the conference in goals against average (.65) and is second in save percentage (.792)

Last time Whitworth and Puget Sound squared off, the Loggers defeated the Pirates 4-1. Four Loggers scored in a match that was effectively over after the first half of play.

The Lutes: Pacific Lutheran (8-4-2, 6-2-1 NWC) sits in second in the NWC, two points about the Pirates and Loggers. The Lutes enter this weekend on a five match win streak which includes a win over Puget Sound.

Eddie Na is one of the most prolific offensive players in the NWC, leading the conference in goals (11) and points (23). At the back, RJ Noll has the best save percentage (.828) in the conference and is third in goals against average (.89) 

A 1-1 tie was the result when the Pirates took on the Lutes in September. Micah Weller scored in the 30th minute for Whitworth before Na evened the score in the 62nd minute.

Looking Ahead: After a weekend at home against the Tacoma schools, the Pirates travel back to Oregon to take on Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox. Whitworth battles the Bruins Friday, Oct. 27 before taking on the Boxers Sunday, Oct 29.