by Craig Russell | Staff Writer
The Whitworth Pirates beat the Whitman Blues 3-2 this weekend. This match puts their record to 3-3-1 in the conference and 5-6-1 overall.
Early on Whitman took the lead. Only seven minutes in, the Blue’s CJ Fritz scored a goal with an assist from Ben Freedman. Freedman took the ball on Whitworth’s side of the field and managed to pass it off to Fritz, deep in the corner. Fritz penetrated almost all the way to the goal line where he launched a shot into the corner of the net making the score 1-0.
Whitworth then was able to score two goals before the half. Right after Whitman’s goal, Jonah Snyder, ‘18, made a pass to Eric Espinoza, ‘18, who sent the ball right into the bottom left of the goal. A while after, Colman French, ‘21, dribbled down the right and crossed it to Ethan Kem, ‘21. Kem beamed in a header, bringing the score to 2-1.
The second half saw no scores until the last eight minutes of the game. Whitworth had the majority of the possession, until Whitman’s Noah Cavenaugh, dribbled all the way down field and scored to bring the game back to a tie. Less than two minutes later, Snyder secured the win for Whitworth. Espinoza passed to Snyder, who volleyed in the winning shot.
Next week the Pirates are away again facing McMinnville Saturday, Oct. 14 and Willamette Sunday, Oct. 15.