by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's soccer team begins the second round of the Northwest Conference schedule this weekend at home against George Fox and Pacific (Ore.), teams the Pirates played less than two weeks ago.
The Bucs face the Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 19 and then square off with the Boxers on Sunday, Oct. 20. Both matches kick off at 2:30 p.m.
Live statistics and video links will be available on the Whitworth men's soccer schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (5-7-1, 3-4 NWC) played one match last weekend, a heartbreaking loss to local rival, Whitman. The Pirates trailed by two goals at halftime, but quickly tied the match up at 2-2 in the second half. Zanskar Blair scored the first goal off a pass from Scott Penner, then Chase Reidt put in a penalty kick. Whitman ended the match in double overtime to take the 3-2 win.
The Pirates are fifth in the NWC standings entering the second half of conference play in what is looking to be a competitive race.
Savvy Seniors: Chase Reidt has more than doubled his season scoring total from last year, recording five goals on the season so far. Reidt also has a team-leading four assists. His 14 points are tied for fourth in the conference.
Zanskar Blair has played a key role in keeping the offense moving, tallying three goals and two assists, while starting in all 13 matches so far. Britton Clifford has also started in every match this season, recording three goals and two assists. Drew Williams led Whitworth in scoring last year and has recorded two goals this season.
The Bruins: George Fox (4-7-2, 1-5-1 NWC) enters the weekend after a 1-1 tie at Pacific (Ore.) last Saturday. The Bruins' one conference win came against Whitworth thanks to an early goal by freshman Ohm Harape and a strong defensive showing. The Bruins continue to struggle to score, recording eight goals on the season with their very young roster.
The Boxers: Pacific (1-8-3, 0-4-2 NWC) comes into Spokane searching for its first conference win. The Boxers have scored five goals on the season, with three in NWC play. Grant Rutledge scored for Pacific in its 1-1 tie with George Fox last weekend. The sophomore has two of the Boxers five goals. Whitworth won the first-round match with Pacific, a 4-1 victory in Oregon.
Looking Ahead: After this weekend, Whitworth will head west to take on Puget Sound (Oct. 26) and Pacific Lutheran (Oct. 27).
The Coach: Morgan Cathey continues a long line of highly successful men's soccer coaches at Whitworth University that began with Einar Thorarinsson (1986-1994) and continued with Sean Bushey (1996-2012), who now coaches in Minnesota.
Cathey enters his seventh season as men's soccer coach at Whitworth in the fall of 2019. He has led the Pirates to a record of 72-30-15 through his first six seasons. He guided the Pirates to three consecutive Northwest Conference titles from 2014-16 and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Cathey's record against NWC opponents is 54-17-13 over his first five seasons.