by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – After a pair of exhilarating matches against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran, the Whitworth Pirates head to the Portland area this weekend to take on George Fox and Pacific (Ore.).
The Pirates open the weekend against the Bruins on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. before closing their road season against the Boxers on Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon.
The Whitworth men's soccer schedule will have live links to this weekend's matches.
The Pirates: Whitworth (8-7-1, 6-4-1 NWC) comes off a roller-coaster weekend in which they defeated Puget Sound 1-0 before falling to Pacific Lutheran 3-2.
Daniel Alvarez and Jesus Nunez led Whitworth to the weekend-opening win over the Loggers. Alvarez scored his first goal as a Pirate and Nunez made several key saves in the match's final minutes to ensure a Whitworth victory.
Unfortunately, the Pirates dropped a wild match to PLU on Sunday. In the 85th minute, Kyle Cacoyannis scored what looked to be his second match-winning goal in two weeks, but the Lutes responded with a pair of goals in the final five minutes to win 3-2
Friday Night Lights: The Pirates match against the Bruins is their first Friday match of the season. In 2016, Whitworth played two matches on Fridays and won both, defeating George Fox 2-0 and Linfield 1-0.
How May We Assist You: The Pirates' league-leading offense is facilitated by league-leading passing, topping the Northwest Conference with 26 assists. Jonah Snyder leads the conference with eight assists and two teammates (Eric Espinoza and Austin Cassity) are hot on his heels with five apiece.
Student-Athlete of the Month: After a stellar 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 Bruins: George Fox (4-12-1, 2-8-1 NWC) comes in to the weekend searching for its first win since September 22. Last weekend, the Bruins fell to Willamette 2-0 and tied Linfield 1-1.
Moises Manon leads the George Fox attack with five goals and Daniel Alonzo paces the Bruins with a team-leading two assists. In goal, Andrew Phillis leads the Bruins. His 52 saves are good for fourth in the NWC.
When the Pirates and Bruins squared off in September, Whitworth came out on top. Drew Williams scored twice in a 4-0 Pirate victory.
The Boxers: Pacific (8-6-1, 5-5-1 NWC) enters the weekend in good position to earn a top-three finish in the Northwest Conference with 16 points. The Boxers are barely behind Whitman (18 points) and Whitworth (19 points) after defeating Linfield 4-1 last weekend before falling 1-0 to league-leading Willamette.
The Boxer's offense features one of the NWC's top goal scorers, Matt Kimball. Kimball's seven goals place him in a tie for second in the conference. At the back, Leyton Thommasen is a top-five NWC goalkeeper. His .800 save percentage is third-best in the conference and 1.03 goals against average is good for fourth.
Last time the Pirates and Boxers faced off, Kimball scored two goals in three minutes to lead Pacific to a 3-2 win.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates will take on Whitman and celebrate their seniors on Saturday, Nov. 4.