Pirates Close Home Season against Bruins, Boxers

Pirates Close Home Season against Bruins, Boxers

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

SPOKANE, Wash. – After a pair of losses on the road last weekend, the Whitworth Pirates will look to snap a seven-match winless streak when they take on George Fox and Pacific (Ore.) this week.

Whitworth's first chance to pick up a win will come on Saturday, Oct. 27 against Pacific. The Pirates close the weekend against George Fox and celebrate Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Live statistics and video links will be available on the Whitworth men's soccer schedule.

The Pirates: Whitworth (4-10-3, 4-6-2 NWC) will have an opportunity to jump back into the middle of the Northwest Conference standings with a pair of wins this weekend. The Pirates are currently sixth in the NWC, but are just one point behind Linfield and four points below Puget Sound. The Pirates dropped both matches they played last weekend, losing 2-0 to Pacific Lutheran and 4-1 to Puget Sound. Chase Reidt scored Whitworth's only goal on the weekend, driving a penalty kick past Logger goalkeeper Wren Norwood.

Celebrating Seniors: The Pirates will celebrate their seniors in a ceremony before Sunday's match against George Fox. The celebration will be broadcast on Whitworth's live video portal. 

Jesus Saves: Since taking over the starting goalkeeper role at the beginning of the Northwest Conference play, Jesus Nunez has been one of the best in the NWC. The junior is second in the conference in saves (60) and has posted a .732 save percentage. 

Bullseye: Drew Williams has been one of the top offensive threats in the Northwest Conference. The junior is fifth in the conference with 5 goals on the year, and his 11 points also rank fifth in the NWC. Williams is also one of the most accurate attackers in the nation. 72 percent of his shots are on target, fifth-best in the country.

The Boxers: Pacific (2-9-4, 1-7-3 NWC) is tied with George Fox for last in the Northwest Conference, but enters the weekend with some momentum after handing conference-leading Willamette its first conference loss of the season. Robert Nurmi leads the Boxer attack with six goals, fifth-most in the NWC.  The junior has scored his six goals with just seven shots on goal. Brock Jones anchors the Boxer defense with a .738 save percentage and 1.51 goals against average (GAA). The Pirates got two first half goals by Jones to earn a 2-1 win the last time the Bucs and Boxers squared off. 

The Bruins: George Fox (2-10-3, 1-7-3 NWC) enters its weekend on the east side of Washington looking for its first win in four matches. Last weekend, the Bruins fell 2-1 to Linfield and tied 1-1 with Willamette. Moises Manon is George Fox's leading scorer with three goals on the year, but the Bruin attack has struggled so far to make up for its porous defense. The Bruins have surrendered an NWC-leading 27 goals during conference play, three more than the next closest team. Whitworth scored 4 of those 27 goals last time the two teams played, defeating George Fox 4-0 in Oregon.

Looking Ahead: Whitworth closes out its season in Walla Walla, Wash. when it takes on Whitman on Saturday, Nov. 3. 

The Coach: Morgan Cathey continues a long line of highly successful men's soccer coaches at Whitworth University that began with Einar Thorarinsson (1986-1994), who followed his time at Whitworth with a long stint as the head coach at Gonzaga University, and continued with Sean Bushey (1996-2012), who now coaches in Minnesota.

Cathey enters his sixth season as men's soccer coach at Whitworth in the fall of 2018 and has led the Pirates to a record of 67-19-11 through his first five seasons.  He guided the Pirates to three consecutive Northwest Conference titles from 2014-16 and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Cathey's record against NWC opponents is 50-13-10 over his first five seasons.