The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
SPOKANE, Wash.—The Whitworth Pirates Men and Women are flying high in the Northwest Conference right now. Both teams are in first place with seven wins. The Men are 7-0-2 while the Women are tied with Linfield at the top with a 7-1-2 mark.
The Pirate Men are ranked #9 this week in the nation. See poll here.
“You want to have high expectations, but you have to prove it,” Whitworth head coach Sean Bushey (who is 206-89-33 entering his 18th season) recently told the Spokesman-Review. Despite graduating nine seniors, including seven all-NWC honorees, Bushey said, “We thought we’d be in the mix and be competitive. Certainly, we’ve done a good job of trying to keep the ball out of the goal.”
Interview with Pirates Men head coach Sean Bushey
Northwest Conference current Men’s Soccer Standings
Defense is the name of the game at Whitworth, and last week’s solid play led to awards for both Pirates goalkeepers. Whitworth had two goalkeepers honored by the Northwest Conference as Student-Athletes of the Week. Senior Kyle Novak earned the defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for men’s soccer while freshman Andrea Stump earned the defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for women’s soccer.
Senior Kyle Novak earned the men’s soccer Student-Athlete of the Week for defense honor for the third time this season. Novak has a goals against average of 0.15. Novak’s recorded his league-leading 11th shutouts over the weekend as the Pirates went 1-0-1.
Freshman Andrea Stump earned her second defensive Student-Athlete of the Week honor this season. Stump had 13 saves in two matches, including a shutout against Pacific Lutheran this weekend. She has a goals against average of 0.97, which ranks her among the top five in the conference and recorded her league-leading sixth shutout in the win over PLU over the weekend.
Northwest Conference current Women’s Soccer Standings
Interview with Pirates Women head coach Jael Hagerott
Hannah Bokma scored on a rebound shot following a save by Pacific Lutheran keeper Marisa Gonzalez, giving visiting Whitworth a 1-0 Northwest Conference women’s soccer win over Pacific Lutheran on Sunday afternoon at East Field in the team’s latest big conquest. The Pirates Women are home to host Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox Saturday and Sunday.
Samuel Engle intercepted a back pass and beat Pacific Lutheran keeper Joe Rayburn for the game’s only goal in the 38th minute as Whitworth beat the Lutes, 1-0, in a Sunday afternoon battle of the top teams in Northwest Conference men’s soccer.
Whitworth, ranked 9th in Division III men’s soccer, improves to 10-0-3 overall and to 7-0-2 in the conference for a total of 23 points, four clear of the Lutes. PLU, 7-5-2 overall, is 6-2-1 in the NWC for 19 points and second place in the standings.
Whitworth’s Men host Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox Saturday and Sunday in their final regular season home games of 2012.