Men's soccer shines in opening two rounds

Senior Micheal Ramos continued his season-long shooting form on Friday night with his 14th goal of the season in Whitworth’s 1-0 victory over Covenant College in the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates continued their winning streak on Saturday evening, outscoring Berry College 2-0 in the second round of the tournament. “Mainly, for the team, it’s not about the result, it’s about the process: getting better every week and it’s been a huge satisfaction, not only for me, but for a lot of other players that have dedicated their life to soccer,” Ramos said. “[However,] now that we’re in postseason, we focus more on the result because we need to win to stay in the tournament.”

Friday’s game proved more challenging for the Pirates, as the Scots outshot the Pirates 8-6 while edging the Pirates in corner kicks, 6-5. In contrast, Saturday’s match proved more manageable, as the Pirates dominated the first half with a 21-4 shot advantage along with 6-0 on corner kicks.

Ramos scored the first and only goal for the Pirates with six minutes left to play in the game on Friday night. Freshman midfielder Eric Espinoza was credited for the assist when Ramos received the ball and dribbled it to the left side of the box. He then kicked it with his left foot and the ball ended up in the back of the lower-right corner of the net.

A Covenant player tried to tie the game on a corner kick with two minutes left, but the Pirate defenders cleared the ball to secure the win.

“We were successful, we did everything we needed to do, the way we needed to play. We created space with patient passing and movement,” Espinoza said.

On Saturday evening, junior midfielder Sam Engle took advantage of a Viking defender’s miscue and scored an early leading header goal for the Pirates in the 11th minute. Defenders, senior Colin Shockman and junior Spencer Wolfe, were credited for the assist.

At the beginning of the game, the opposing team did not perform their best, whereas, in the second half, they showed that they wanted a goal. The Pirates learned from their coaches that the Vikings score a lot of their goals in the second half, which displayed their determination in the second half, Espinoza said.

Espinoza doubled the score for the Pirates off of a short pass from freshman midfielder Austin Cassity, who beat his defender in the 67th minute.

“It was one of the most complete performances we’ve had all year: to not give up goals in five straight games,” Head Coach Morgan Cathey said.

Sophomore goalkeeper Timmy Costa made two saves on Friday night and one save on the following day, claiming the Pirates’ eighth shutout with Costa’s sixth shutout of the season.

Whitworth men’s soccer continues their NCAA Tournament play in the round of 16 against Christopher Newport University on Saturday.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Swimming wins in haphazard quadrangular meet

After spending more than 10 hours on a bus, the Whitworth swim teams pulled off a win in a quadrangular swimming meet against Whitman, Pacific and Lewis & Clark on Saturday afternoon. Because of a traffic accident on I-84, a potential six-hour drive turned into a 10-hour drive that delayed the Pirates, forcing them to be late for their meet against Pacific. On top of that, Whitman was also late to its own meet against Lewis & Clark because of the traffic. Therefore, both meets were canceled and a quadrangular meet was held instead.

“We came from a very non-ideal circumstance after a long drive. We didn’t expect to race Whitman, we weren’t prepared for it, but we were able to rally and win the meet, so I call it a success,” junior Bridget Louis, the winner of the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:49.81, said.

Another win for the Pirate women came from sophomore Jerusha Dressel in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.50.

The Pirate women edged Whitman, 108-88, won against Pacific, 106-90 and defeated Lewis & Clark, 133-61.

For the Pirate men, freshman Brandon Smith took the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:58.26 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.78. In addition, junior Wes Walton won the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:13.73. Freshman Jason Smith won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.37 while junior Kyle Wicks won the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.51.

Moving from a dual meet to a quad meet was unexpected for the teams, senior Wes Tatum said.

“It was a weird meet, quad meets are scored differently. In a dual meet, depth can be used to win the meet, whereas in a quad meet having one or two all-star swimmers make the difference between winning and losing,” Tatum said.

The Pirate men edged Whitman, 100-96, won against Pacific, 118-76 and overcome Lewis & Clark, 147-35.

The Whitworth teams knew it was going to be hard, especially competing with the Whitman team, who has the national champion in the 100-butterfly along with other skilled swimmers in other events, Tatum said.

“Staying mentally strong and mentally tough [helped],” Dressel said. “I was pretty tired on Saturday, physically from the school, but still put my best into the race and to my events.”

Whitworth swim teams continue competition on Dec. 5 at the Husky Invitational.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Swimming swamps competition at home

The Whitworth Pirates’ swimming teams won their only two home meets of the season against the Willamette Bearcats on Friday night and against the Linfield Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. Similar to last season’s meet, the Pirates swept the Bearcats with the Pirate women winning 10 of the 11 events, outscoring them 144-60. In addition, the men seized all 11 events instead of 10, blowing Willamette out of the water, 155-49. The performance the next day was more of the same against Linfield where the Pirate women won 136-69 and the men won 164-41.

“Racing the teammates and working hard these past couple of weeks [were key],” sophomore Logan Streit said.

The Pirate men took both relays on Friday night. Juniors Wes Walton, Kyle Wicks, Lucas Lin and senior Wes Tatum won the opening 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.98, while Walton, Wicks, Lin and senior Callum MacKintosh won the closing 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.80.

The Pirate women freshman Jane Holmes, sophomore Jackie Beal, junior Bridget Louis and senior Alisa Stang took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:53.74. Freshman Makayla Barringer, Holmes, sophomore Jerusha Dressel, and Stang won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.68.

“We had a lot of girl freestylers in the sprint events that dropped a lot of time and that was an area we needed to improve,” Schadt said. “There were five or six women that all improved in that area from where they were a couple of weeks ago.”

Junior Malia Santos took the Bearcats’ only victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.83.

“We’ve been training really hard and I’ve been working on a few key things with my speed,” Walton said. “For my freestyle, I was working on the correct underwater distance to swim before I came up to the surface.”

The Pirates’ main goal for the season is to take home the top spots in each event in the conference meet, and the Pirates proved they were capable after this weekend, Streit said.

On Saturday afternoon, freshman Patrick Wilbur led a 1-2-3 finish for the Pirates in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.64, junior Kevin Moore led another one in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.11, and junior Trevor Case led the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.10.

“We all stepped up and tried to go 1,2,3 for all the events, [which] we did very well, so I hope we continue the momentum,” Streit said.

Walton, Tatum, Case and Wicks took the first 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:33.48, ending with the closing win of the 400-yard freestyle relay led by Wilber, Streit, Lin and Mackintosh.

The Pirate women won the opening 400-yard medley relay and all nine individual events.

“I really love relays, they’re my favorite parts of swim meets,” Dressel said. “When I dive into the water, I’m not just swimming for myself, but for the other three girls.”

Wildcats sophomore Rita Cohen, Elizabeth Fry, Erin Nelson and Nikki Overton took Linfield’s only victory in the closing 400-yard freestyle relay (3:46.18 – 3:46.64).

Eight different swimmers combined to win all nine individual events on both days. Streit took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.49) and the 100-yard Freestyle (49.12) on Friday night, while Walton was the double winner for both the 200 yard individual medley (1:57.49) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:55.05) on Saturday afternoon.

Both Pirate teams improved to 2-0.

Whitworth Pirates travel to Pacific next Friday, Oct. 14 and Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Oct. 15 for their next competition.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Soccer shuts out Whitman for title

After 14 victories, three ties and one loss, the Whitworth men’s soccer team closed out their 2014 regular season with their 15th win. With a final score of 3-0 against Whitman, the men secured their fifth NWC title in the last eight years. “The whole week coming into this game, we knew what had to be done, what our mission was, what our job was: Our determination and our discipline to go out there and get what [was] ours,” freshman midfielder Kash Choudhary said. “We came in with hunger. This [was] our time and nobody could take it from us.”

Freshman forward Eric Espinoza gave the Pirates a lead off of a rebound from senior forward Michael Ramos in the 24th minute of the game.

“The changing formation allowed our offense to stay higher,” Espinoza said. “For my role, I needed to not just fly up, meaning not just run to score, so I was lucky enough to get a rebound to make the goal go in.”

Senior midfielder Tyler Clarke doubled the score for the Pirates when the ball crossed from the left to the right side of the net, volleyed into the goal and found the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

The final goal found the back of the net on the 69th minute by Choudhary with his third goal of the season off of a rebound from junior defender Spencer Wolfe, for his third assist of the season.

“After watching the film from the last time we played this team, we decided to add wingers into our formation and go with three forwards,” Choudhary said. “We also tried to make the field as wide as possible and depended a lot on our midfielders for this. This way we were able to exploit spaces that opened up on the field. Now we continue to grind on to the next game at [the national tournament] with a hard week of training.”

As the Pirates enter the national tournament next weekend with a one-loss elimination format, they need to be prepared, sharp and patient, Choudhary said.

“[Head Coach Morgan Cathey] mentioned [the championship] a lot and that we as a team have been working for a year to put ourselves in the best position to win [conference] and continue on to play-offs,” freshman goalkeeper Tony Watters said. “[Last Saturday’s game] was an incredible experience and it was the best soccer of the year because we played the Whitworth style, the Whitworth way: possessing the ball and being in control of the game.”

The Pirates outshot the Missionaries 20-9 with two equal corner opportunities.

Watters made three saves for the Pirates’ sixth shutout.

“We played with a solid defense. We had three in the back tracking the attacking forwards and a lot of it was what the guys were doing in front of me,” Watters said.

“I think we are playing good soccer at the moment. We scored quite a bit of goals in the past five games,” Cathey said. “We’re strong, fit and healthy, and we are in the right position going into the national tournament.”

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Swimming swamps competition at home

The Whitworth Pirates’ swimming teams won their only two home meets of the season against the Willamette Bearcats on Friday night and against the Linfield Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. Similar to last season’s meet, the Pirates swept the Bearcats with the Pirate women winning 10 of the 11 events, outscoring them 144-60. In addition, the men seized all 11 events instead of 10, blowing Willamette out of the water, 155-49. The performance the next day was more of the same against Linfield where the Pirate women won 136-69 and the men won 164-41.

“Racing the teammates and working hard these past couple of weeks [were key],” sophomore Logan Streit said.

The Pirate men took both relays on Friday night. Juniors Wes Walton, Kyle Wicks, Lucas Lin and senior Wes Tatum won the opening 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.98, while Walton, Wicks, Lin and senior Callum MacKintosh won the closing 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.80.

The Pirate women freshman Jane Holmes, sophomore Jackie Beal, junior Bridget Louis and senior Alisa Stang took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:53.74. Freshman Makayla Barringer, Holmes, sophomore Jerusha Dressel, and Stang won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.68.

“We had a lot of girl freestylers in the sprint events that dropped a lot of time and that was an area we needed to improve,” Schadt said. “There were five or six women that all improved in that area from where they were a couple of weeks ago.”

Junior Malia Santos took the Bearcats’ only victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.83.

“We’ve been training really hard and I’ve been working on a few key things with my speed,” Walton said. “For my freestyle, I was working on the correct underwater distance to swim before I came up to the surface.”

The Pirates’ main goal for the season is to take home the top spots in each event in the conference meet, and the Pirates proved they were capable after this weekend, Streit said.

On Saturday afternoon, freshman Patrick Wilbur led a 1-2-3 finish for the Pirates in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.64, junior Kevin Moore led another one in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.11, and junior Trevor Case led the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.10.

“We all stepped up and tried to go 1,2,3 for all the events, [which] we did very well, so I hope we continue the momentum,” Streit said.

Walton, Tatum, Case and Wicks took the first 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:33.48, ending with the closing win of the 400-yard freestyle relay led by Wilber, Streit, Lin and Mackintosh.

The Pirate women won the opening 400-yard medley relay and all nine individual events.

“I really love relays, they’re my favorite parts of swim meets,” Dressel said. “When I dive into the water, I’m not just swimming for myself, but for the other three girls.”

Wildcats sophomore Rita Cohen, Elizabeth Fry, Erin Nelson and Nikki Overton took Linfield’s only victory in the closing 400-yard freestyle relay (3:46.18 – 3:46.64).

Eight different swimmers combined to win all nine individual events on both days. Streit took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.49) and the 100-yard Freestyle (49.12) on Friday night, while Walton was the double winner for both the 200 yard individual medley (1:57.49) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:55.05) on Saturday afternoon.

Both Pirate teams improved to 2-0.

Whitworth Pirates travel to Pacific next Friday, Oct. 14 and Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Oct. 15 for their next competition.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

 

Spotted from the Crow's Nest: Eduardo Lopez

Men’s soccer Head Coach Morgan Cathey brought a distinct coaching philosophy with him when he came to Whitworth, but he also attracted some talent. Senior Eduardo Lopez followed his former assistant coach, Cathey, from California State University Stanislaus to Whitworth University, where he has put his talent to work for the men’s team. “A coach can make a lot of impact on a player,” sophomore defender Spencer Wolfe said. “The ability to come up here and play again for Morgan [Cathey] so they could build on that personal relationship, but also that soccer relationship that they had built, played a big role in getting Eddie [Lopez] up here.”

Lopez redshirted his freshman year, which was common at CSUS, to help the freshmen learn how to play college level soccer, as it is different from playing high school soccer, Lopez said.

Lopez competed in 16 matches and made five starts through his last two seasons at CSUS, a Division II School.

Cathey not only impacted Lopez as a player, but also as a person.

“He’s been the best coach I’ve ever been coached by,” Lopez said. “He’s just a great person on and off the field. If I had any questions, I would go straight to him. I really like his vision, the way he wants his team to play. He [is] always positive. If you did something good, he acknowledged you for it, which makes you want to strive for more.”

When Cathey announced he was taking the Whitworth job in the spring of 2013, Lopez was devastated.

After a year without Cathey as part of his college soccer experience, Lopez contacted his former assistant coach, asking him if there was room for him at Whitworth, to which Cathey said, “Definitely,” Lopez said.

Lopez visited in the spring of 2014 with his father and his sister Laura Lopez, while staying with Whitworth soccer team member Wolfe.

“[When Lopez] came, we went out for dinner… so I got to know him a little bit before the rest of the team did,” Wolfe said. “I thought he was a good fit then, and ever since he came I thought he was an even better fit.”

It is important for Cathey to let the players know that he has their best interest at heart, not just on the field, but also off the field, Cathey said.

“It is important for [Lopez] to know that I care about [him] and that I am going to do everything I can to make sure that he is successful on the soccer field, in the classroom, and more importantly to make sure that he is successful in life,” Cathey said.

This season, Lopez wants to have a senior year in which he gets to fully experience college, as it is his first year living away from his family, Lopez said.

“It was mixed emotions for me. He has always lived at home, [and] didn’t have too much responsibility besides just being a college student and a soccer player. So, I was worried, but I never doubted his capability,” Laura Lopez said. “I was jealous that he did what he did... in a good way, because I wish I would have done what he did. I am extremely proud of him.”

Having a player like Lopez come in and start makes a difference, Wolfe said.

Cathey believes that one of Lopez’ strengths is the ability to step into the midfield and defend a forward or a midfield player that has dropped off in the defensive line.

“I knew that he would enjoy our soccer environment. I knew that he would enjoy the school,” Cathey said.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Men's soccer trounces Whitman in blowout victory

After six goals scored and four assists performed by 10 different Pirate players, the Whitworth men’s soccer team took home a 6-1 victory against the Whitman Missionaries during Homecoming Weekend. “All week, we focused on desire and purpose, which were what we focused on [Saturday],” senior Michael Ramos said.

This made Saturday’s game a positive response to their first loss on the previous weekend, junior midfielder Sam Engle said.

The Pirates’ first two goals came in the first half, similar to their Whitman game last year played on Nov. 9.

Sophomore forward Rylan Berriman gave the Pirates a lead off of an assist from junior defender Spencer Wolf in the seventh minute of the game. Whitman’s goalkeeper moved forward into the field hoping to pick up the ball, but the ball went past him to Berriman. Berriman kicked the ball with his left foot and found the left corner of the net.

“The game opened up and we had a lot more room for us to attack. We went to the ball and had better scoring positions,” Engle said.

Pirate forwards and midfielders came together in the box in front of Whitman defenders. After three attempts, a fourth kick by freshman midfielder Jonah Snyder led the ball to find the back of the middle of the net for his first career goal.

The score, off of an assist from freshman midfielder Kash Choudhray, doubled the lead for the Pirates with only six minutes left to play in the first half.

“Great performance from everybody, especially the guys in the back in the first half where they were so good to not let problems arise,” Head Coach Morgan Cathey said. “They solved, they learned, they grew and then from there, in the second half, we could see then that in the third goal, [the way the players scored] was more confident.”

In the 64th minute, Ramos kicked the ball across from the right to the left side of the net to Choudhray, who gave the Pirates their third goal with his first career goal as Pirate.

The key to success on the scoring play could be attributed to unselfish play and putting trust in other players, Ramos said.

“We got a bunch of guys in the score sheets,” Engle said.

Less than three minutes later, Berriman scored the Pirates’ fourth goal off of an assist from Engle.

The Missionaries scored their first and only goal in the 73rd minute. However, less than five seconds later, Ramos scored the fifth goal for the Pirates, unassisted.

With less than six minutes left to play in the game, sophomore midfielder Sam Donaldson’s unassisted goal gave the Pirates their sixth and final goal of the game.

“We found good spaces and pockets then goal after goal came and this is what we need going into next weekend: confidence and knowing that we did our best,” Cathey said.

The Pirates improved to 10-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the NWC.

Whitworth travels to Tacoma to play Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer

Men's soccer keeps undefeated streak alive on road

Senior Micheal Ramos’ four assists and three unassisted goals to tie two school records highlighted the Pirates’ 7-1 victory against the Bruins last Saturday, while the Pirates finished the weekend with a 4-1 win against the Boxers. Traveling on the road, scoring three goals early on in the game against George Fox gave Whitworth an edge.

The Pirates played how they wanted to play by reaching out to their forwards and distributing the ball, junior David Starkovich said.

The Bucs scored in the 14th minute of the game with an unassisted goal by Ramos, setting the game’s tone. Less than 30 seconds later, another cross ball assisted by Ramos to junior Karl Muelheims was scored.

“We were going at their defense,” Muelheims said. “Ramos was on the left side of the field and he played the ball to the back post, and I kicked it with my right foot.”

The Pirates’ third goal came in the 28th minute off of Ramos’ penalty kick. The fourth goal occurred in the 57th minute when Ramos assisted sophomore Rylan Berriman.

“[Ramos]’s distribution was really good. He moved the field quite a bit [and] switched the balls a lot,” Muelheims said. “He sets up other players to succeed.”

The early scores caused the Pirates to lose focus, which allowed the Bruins to score in the 75th minute, Starkovich said.

“Everybody needed to stay focused,” Muelheims said. “We dropped off because we were up 3 or 4 and we were satisfied about how the game was going rather than think about what to take more from this team.”

The other three goals came within a 10-minute period with two goals assisted by Ramos and scored by Berriman and junior Sam Engle. The final goal came from Ramos on a one-on-one with the Bruins’ goalie.

Ramos ended up tying the school record for points in a game with 10, while tying the school record for assists in a game with four.

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The game on Sunday proved to be just as lopsided.

Whitworth took the lead on the 23rd minute when Muelheims had an unassisted goal off a crossbar rebound after a shot by Ramos. However, 14 minutes later, junior Samual Jarrett took the ball himself from 10 yards out from the net and kicked it to the lower left corner, putting the Pirates up two.

“We decided to limit their ability to play through the back by high pressing their defense,” Muelheims said. “This forced them to kick it long, where Sam Engle had a height advantage in the midfield. All we had to do was win the second ball and attack their defense.”

Pacific scored their only goal in the 55th minute in the second half. However, to secure the lead, Muelheims gave another point to Whitworth with less than 10 minutes off an assist by Berriman.

Bringing the game to a close, Ramos scored the Pirates’ fourth and last goal by freshman Eric Espinoza’s assist.

“[Ramos] grows every time he’s on the field and brings everybody into the game,” Head Coach Morgan Cathey said. “He showed a lot more desire to put the ball in the back and that purpose was noticeable this weekend.”

The Pirates improved to 8-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the NWC.

Whitworth begins a stretch of home games this weekend by hosting Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

 

Jessica Razanadrakoto

Staff Writer