SANTA CRUZ, California – Ezra Kraus' first half goal proved the difference, as the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team defeated UC Santa Cruz, 1-0, on Monday afternoon.
After allowing the Banana Slugs (1-2) the first shot, Puget Sound (3-0) took control of the game, taking the next three shots, before Kraus found the back of the net. In the 17th minute, Cameron Lorek picked out Kraus in front of the net with a pass. The junior put his shot in the right corner of the net beyond the reach of the keeper. The tally was the fourth of the season for Kraus.
UCSC went on the offensive following the goal, however, the Logger defense held the home team off the board, and went into the break with the lead. The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with each team putting one shot on goal. Neither squad was able to break through in the second half, and Puget Sound held on to finish its non-conference schedule 3-0.
The Banana Slugs outshot Puget Sound 11-8, while also taking more corner kicks (4-1). Kraus led the team with five shots. Goalkeeper Wren Norwood (3-0) played all 90 minutes, earning his second clean sheet of the season while making two saves.
The Loggers 3-0 start is the best start to a season since 2007. Puget Sound began the season 9-0 that year, and finished with a 15-3-1 overall record.
Puget Sound's next match will be Saturday, September 17, when they travel to Pacific to begin the Northwest Conference schedule. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
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