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WESCO ATHLETIC NEWS STSPN
Matt Kimball and Elan Yogi provided the late match offensive heroics and Pacific's defense clamped down on the hosts as the Boxers escaped with a 2-1 men's soccer victory at Whitman on Saturday afternoon.
Yogi scored in the 89th minute to essentially end a match that appeared to be headed for overtime. Earlier, Kimball's sixth goal of the year evened the match in the 72nd minute after Whitman had led 1-0 since the 25th minute on Daniel Kim's score.
The road victory moved Pacific's Northwest Conference record to 2-5-1, and the Boxers are now 4-8-1 overall. The Missionaries dropped to 1-6-1 in league play and are now 1-9-1 on the year after the loss at the WC Athletic Complex.
Whitman out shot Pacific 18-7 and 8-2 in attempts on goal. They also had eight corner kicks to Pacific's two. But the Boxers defense, directed by goalkeeper Leyton Thommasen, kept the home team out of the net after Kim's early score. Thommasen had seven saves on the day.
"We played much better in the second half, with more desire and inspiration," said Boxer head coach Eric Mild. "We also adjusted our tactics a bit. I was happy that our guys were rewarded for their hard work and patience."
Yogi's goal came when he rebounded a shot by Kimball that bounded off the Whitman keeper from six yards out. Earlier, Kimball had scored when he dribbled the ball past Milo Canton and flicked the ball into the net.
"We picked up a couple of scrappy goals today that sometimes come when you keep after it and don't give up," Mild added. "I was really pleased with our overall team effort. We are starting to develop a little belief and hopefully it can carry into a tough match tomorrow."
The Boxers travel to Spokane on Sunday to take on No. 4 nationally ranked Whitworth at 2:30 p.m. The Pirates are leading the Northwest Conference with a 7-0-1 mark and are 11-0-1 on the year.