First Half Offense Propels Bucs Past Wolves

First Half Offense Propels Bucs Past Wolves

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Four goals in the first half propelled the Whitworth Pirates to a 5-1 victory over the Walla Walla Wolves Friday evening. 

Four different Pirates (1-3-1) scored in the team's first victory of the year, while the Wolves (0-3) lost their third straight match to begin the season. 

Whitworth started the scoring early. Britton Clifford got free for a shot that Walla Walla goalkeeper Josiah Nakoa dove to stop. Christian Haas pounced on the rebound and buried his first goal of the season and the Bucs' first in three matches.

Daniel Alvarez didn't waste any time getting Whitworth its second goal of the match. The sophomore midfielder headed home a free kick from Zanskar Blair just six minutes after the first goal. 

Whitworth's defense played its role in the early minutes as well, maintaining possession and not allowing the Wolves to take a shot on goal for the match's first 20 minutes. Zachary Christensen took the first shot, which Alex Pells saved easily. 

Drew Williams continued the Pirates' first half scoring barrage with two goals in 52 seconds. Williams scored his first goal on a breakaway after a long throw-in from Blake Miller and netted his second after a through ball from Azzam Azzam gave Williams a 1-on-1 chance with the keeper. 

Carlos Cantu got the Wolves on the scoreboard right before halftime. Cantu snuck a pass through the Pirate defense and it got by Pells to put the Wolves on the board. 

The Pirate offense kept the pressure on early in the second half. Drew Wilson scored the half's only goal, his first in a Whitworth uniform. The freshman took in through ball from Ethan Kem and threaded his way into the box before finishing the final goal of the contest. 

The Bucs finished the match with a 18 more shots than the Wolves and 8 more shots on goal. Whitworth was also called offsides 12 times. 

Up next, Whitworth travels to Helena, Mont. to take on Carroll College on Sunday, Sept. 9. The match is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m.