by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – A flurry of three goals in five minutes resulted in Pirate heartbreak as Whitworth fell to Pacific Lutheran 3-2.
The Pirates drop to 8-7-1 overall and 6-4-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Lutes vault to 9-4-3 and 7-2-2 in NWC play.
Like many matches between the Pirates and Lutes in recent years, Sunday's started competitively. In the 27th minute, Micah Weller took in a cross from Jonah Snyder and unleashed a scorching shot to the back of the net to put the Pirates up 1-0.
Pacific Lutheran battled right back. The Lutes created several chances in the first half, but the shot which equalized the match came from Bennett Bugbee. On an assist from Spencer Hokama, Bugbee rolled a quick shot to the bottom left corner of the goal.
The 1-1 score line held for 41 minutes in a match which looked destined for overtime. Before 90 minutes ticked off the clock, however, a furious final five minutes ensured a Pacific Lutheran victory.
The wild finish started in the 85th minute. After a chaotic scramble for the ball, Snyder floated a pass to Kyle Cacoyannis, who headed in what looked to be his second match-winning goal in two weeks.
The Lutes came right back. Hokama loosed a 20-yard shot which just escaped the grasp of Jesus Nunez to even the match at two goals apiece.
Then, Eddie Na slid a pass in to Joe Sammatino, who's shot into the back-right corner of the net proved to be the match-winner.
The two teams combined for 43 shots in the wide open match. The Pirates took 25 to the Lutes 18. Whitworth also led 9-8 in shots on goal and 7-4 in corner kicks
Up next, Whitorth travels back to Oregon to take on George Fox and Pacific (Ore.). The Pirates take on the Bruins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. Then, they'll battle the Boxers Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon.