TACOMA, Washington – Cameron Lorek recorded a hattrick, while the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team won its season opener with a 7-0 victory over NAIA foe, Pacific Union, on Thursday afternoon in Angwin, California.
Puget Sound (1-0) opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Cameron Lorek headed home his first goal of the season. The Loggers doubled their lead in the 42nd minute on a Bejamin Whitham goal. Ezra Kraus put the team up 3-0 just before the half when he netted his first goal of the season in the 44th minute.
The Loggers continued their offensive assault in the second half, going up 4-0 in the 48th minute, on another Lorek goal. Ari Taublieb scored in the 70th minute, with Lorek getting his hattrick just after, in the 71st minute. Kraus' second goal of the game came in the 72nd minute, giving the visitors a 7-0 cushion, which they would hold on to for the remainder of the match.
Puget Sound dominated the game, outshooting Pacific Union (0-2) 21-0. The Loggers took 10 corner kicks, while the Eagles took none. Freshman Luke Murdock recorded four assists in his first collegiate game, while Stefan Jensen and Nathan Otto each tallied an assist as well. Goalkeeper Wren Norwood played all 90 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Loggers won their first game of the season for the second consecutive year. In the opening match of 2015, Puget Sound defeated Trinity Lutheran, 5-0, with Lorek netting two goals.
Puget Sound's next match will be Saturday, September 3, when they travel to Atherton, California, to take on Menlo at 1 p.m.
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