by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's soccer team will conclude the 2019 season this weekend at home with a Northwest Conference match against the Whitman Blues.
The Bucs and Blues square off on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This is also Senior Day for the Pirates.
Live statistics and video links will be available on the Whitworth men's soccer schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (9-9-1, 7-6 NWC) opened last weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over Willamette. After trailing since the seventh minute, Johnathan Guglielmetti scored off a free kick from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute to tie the match at 1-1. A minute later, the Bearcats earned a red card, leaving them one man short the rest of the match. Britton Clifford sent in the overtime winner for an exhilarating Pirates' victory.
The following day, the Pirates were defeated 1-0 by Linfield. The Bucs finished with a 20-5 margin in shots over the Wildcats. Whitworth allowed only two shots on goal in the loss. Wildcats goalkeeper Cameron Perron made some crucial first half saves in the shutout.
NWC Race: Pacific Lutheran (10-1-2 NWC) jumped back into the top spot with 32 points and the power to control its own destiny this weekend. With a win against Puget Sound, the Lutes can claim the conference title outright. With a loss against Willamette on Sunday, Whitman dropped to 10-3 in the NWC with 30 points. Whitman faces Whitworth in a must-win game this weekend.
Willamette is in the third spot at 8-4-1. Whitworth is in fourth place at 7-6 with Puget Sound close behind at 6-6-1.
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 four assists. Britton Clifford has also tallied five goals on the year, adding on two assists.
Zanskar Blair has played a key role in keeping the offense moving, tallying three goals and four assists, while appearing in all 19 matches. Drew Williams led Whitworth in scoring last year and has recorded three goals this season.
The Blues: Whitman (13-6, 10-3 NWC) fell to Willamette 1-0 last weekend, snapping an eight-match winning streak. The Blues have a huge weekend ahead of them, needing a win and a Pacific Lutheran loss to claim the NWC title outright. Sam Johnson is the Blues top goal scorer, with six on the year. Oscar Harding is also having a strong season, tallying five goals and five assists. Owen Davis-Bower has played 16 matches in goal, starting in 15, and holds a 0.735 save percentage, including four shutouts. Whitman defeated Whitworth 3-2 in double overtime in the teams' first round matchup in Walla Walla.
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.