Whan leads Pirates to 2-0 Victory Over Bruins

Whan leads Pirates to 2-0 Victory Over Bruins

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates controlled the entirety of the match on the way to a 2-0 victory over the George Fox Bruins.

The Pirates jump to 10-4-1 overall and 9-1-1 in the Northwest Conference, which means Whitworth regains pole position in the NWC, one point better than Pacific Lutheran. George Fox drops to 6-6-2 and 4-5-2 in conference. 

"I thought our process was really good today," head coach Bryan Olson said. "We have a lot of room to learn and grow, but I liked the way we played today."

The Pirates opened the scoring in the 21st minute. McKenzie Hemp dispossessed a Bruin defender and sent a cross in to Leah Corra. Corra buried the 12-yard shot to give Whitworth a 1-0 lead.

Michele Whan spent the majority of the first half attempting to extend the Pirates' advantage. The senior midfielder took five shots, two of which were on goal. Whan also made several long runs where she nearly picked up an assist, but Whitworth would enter the half with just a 1-0 lead.

Whan's hard work paid off after the break. After receiving a pass at the top of the penalty box, Whan drove down the left side and fired in her third goal of the season. The 61st minute goal gave Whitworth a 2-0 lead.

"Michele's been fantastic," Olson said. "She's consistently taken advantage of her chances and creates a lot for us in the midfield."

The Pirates' back line held the Bruins for the remainder of the match, securing Whitworth's seventh shutout of the season. The shutout was goalkeeper Molly Webster's fourth

In the end, Whitworth finished with a 19-7 advantage in shots and a 9-3 lead in shots on goal. The Pirates took three corner kicks, while the Bruins sent in one.

Webster finished the match with three saves, and George Fox's Kelsey Kammerzell and Annalisa Klien combined for seven.  

The Whitworth women are back at the Whitworth Soccer Field tomorrow afternoon when they'll take on Pacific (Ore.). The match is scheduled to begin at noon.