Late Goals Give Pirates 2-1 Victory

Late Goals Give Pirates 2-1 Victory

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

FORREST GROVE, Ore. – Daniel Alvarez's 88th minute goal secured a 2-1 road win for the Whitworth Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Pirates move to 10-7-1 overall and 8-4-1 in the Northwest Conference, while the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers drop to 8-8-1 and 5-7-1 in NWC play.

After a scoreless first half, the Boxers opened the scoring in the 57th minute. Matt Kimball, who scored twice against Whitworth in Spokane, opened up a breakaway opportunity for Robert Nurmi. Nurmi took advantage to give Pacific a 1-0 lead. 

Despite facing a 1-0 second half deficit for the second straight match, Whitworth didn't back down. Jonah Snyder scored his eighth goal of the season unassisted to tie the match in the 78th minute.

The goal was Snyder's second of the weekend. Both goals equalized matches at one in their last fifteen minutes.

After Snyder's equalizer, the Pirates present and future combined for a match-winning goal. Austin Cassity lifted a pass to Alvarez, who punched the ball into the lower left corner of the net.

The goal was Alvarez's second as a Pirate, and the assist was Cassity's sixth, which is second most in the Northwest Conference. 

Whitworth's win was well-deserved after it controlled the majority of the match. The Pirates fired away 14 shots on Sunday, 12 of which were on goal. The Boxers took half as many shots, and only three were on frame. The victory also avenged the 3-1 loss the Pirates suffered in Spokane earlier this season.

Tony Watters picked up two saves for Whitworth, and Leyton Thomassen saved ten shots for the Boxers.

The two teams combined for 16 fouls, splitting them evenly at eight apiece. Referees gave the Boxers five yellow cards. 

Up next, the Pirates come home for what could be their final match of the season. Whitworth takes on Whitman at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The team will celebrate the contributions of its seniors in a ceremony following the match.