|Merlino (L) finally found the goal for Whitman, who cut off the Pirates all game | Photos: Gerald Barnhart|
|Carly Schilperoort, Whitworth|
The missed chances allowed the hosts to stay in the game, and finally in the 77th minute a ball forward from Carly Schilperoort on the right side put Pajimola into space on the right side of the box, where she beat the charging keeper Emily Davis from about 15 yards out.
|Kelsey Roehner, Whitman|
In overtime, the visitors continued with the long chances. In the final minute of the first period a ball dropped back to Peck was rifled just over the bar. In the 104th minute Hallie Swan had a 30-yard effort pushed over the bar by Stump and with three minutes left a 20-yarder from Roehner forced a diving save.
Whitman thought they had a winner in the finals seconds, but the 30-yard shot from Roehner came as the buzzer sounded, negating the goal that came when the ball went through Stump’s hands and over the line.
“We outplayed them; we outworked them,” said Whitman coach John Fleming. “We played all the way through both halves and both overtimes, and pretty unlucky not to have that last goal in the last second – that’s just college rules I guess, right. It’s unfortunate that stats don’t win a game for you, but I am really proud of our team.”