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September 24, 2011

Women's Soccer Blanked by Missionaries

WALLA WALLA - A pair of first half goals stood up for the Whitman Missionaries on Saturday as they blanked the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman is now 4-3 overall and at 3-1 all alone in first place in the early NWC standings. The loss dropped Pacific Lutheran to 2-3 for the season and 1-2 in conference.

The Missionaries had the run of play in the opening half, outshooting the Lutes 8-2. Pamela London gave Whitman an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, outracing the PLU defense to a through ball from senior Amy Hasson.  London, in booting her first goal of the season, finished the quick-hitting strike by flicking the ball to the back of the net as PLU keeper Lauren Chambard came off her line.  

Eight minutes later, Hasson made it 2-0 with her seventh goal of the season. She collected a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box and then to drive a shot from the right side to the far post.

The two teams battled on more even terms in the second half. Karli Hurlbut put the first PLU shot on goal and later skipped a free-kick bullet off the crossbar. Whitman finished the game with a 19-10 shot advantage, including a 10-1 surplus in shots on goal.

Senior keeper Lauren Brougham made one save to get the shutout for Whitman. Lauren Chambard had seven saves, five in the second half, to keep the Lutes close.

Sarah Gamache led the Lutes with five shots and Hurlbut finished with three.

Pacific Lutheran returns to conference action at noon Sunday when it plays one-win Whitworth in Spokane, Wash.

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(Courtesy of Whitman Sports Information Office.)