Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team began its road trip on Saturday afternoon with a tough 2-1 overtime setback against Northwest Conference rival Whitworth University.
The Lutes (8-6-2, 5-4-1 NWC) started the game strong, grabbing an early lead with Eddie Na's 11th goal of the season in the 14th minute off an assist from KC Phillips. The Lutes defended that lead for most of the game until the Pirates (9-3-2, 7-1-2 NWC) equalized with a goal from Alfredo Ornelas, who rebounded a save to score in the 82nd minute.
The game then entered overtime, where Ornelas struck again for the Pirates in the 98th minute, this time assisted by Austin Cassity & Eric Espinoza, to give the Pirates the win.
"We played pretty well overall," head coach John Yorke said. "Unfortunately we did not take care of some of the important details we needed to and it ended up costing us the game."
The Lutes and Pirates saw equal opportunities in the first half, but after halftime, the Lutes went on the defensive to protect their lead, and were outshot 12-2 in the second half. After the Pirates broke free late, they only needed one shot in overtime to secure the win.
"We have to come back strong mentally tomorrow," Yorke said. "Today's going to be hard to recover from, and we're going to have to be ready to go at a high tempo and have some resolve to get the job done tomorrow."
Jack Rose played the full game for the Lutes in goal, grabbing four saves while Timmy Costa grabbing three saves for Whitworth as both keepers played all 98 minutes.
The Lutes take the field tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Walla Walla, Washington to try to jump back up in the conference standings. Sitting fourth, the Lutes could potential climb as high as second with a victory tomorrow against Whitman College.