TACOMA, Washington – Three Loggers scored, but the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team fell to Evergreen State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. The game was the final non-conference match-up for Puget Sound.
Despite what was statistically a fairly even first half, the Geoducks (1-0), outscored Puget Sound (3-1), 3-0. Each team had eight shots in the first 45 minutes, but Evergreen State was able to take advantage of some of their chances, while the Loggers could not. Kevin Elliott-McCrea, Charlie Kramer, and Miguel Viramontes scored the goals for the Geoducks.
Five minutes into the second half, the Loggers got one goal back. Benjamin Whitham took a corner kick, and was able to curl the ball into the net. Puget Sound was not done. In the 63rd minute, the Geoduck goalkeeper came out to clear a ball, but his ball fell to Luke Murdock on the right flank. Seeing an open net, the freshman shot and scored his first collegiate goal. Just two minutes later, the Loggers were putting pressure on the defense again, when an Evergreen State defender was called for a foul in the box. Ari Taublieb stepped to the penalty spot and slotted his shot into the low left corner past the diving goalkeeper to tie the game, 3-3.
Jordan Zimmerman headed in a corner kick to give Evergreen State back the lead, at 4-3, in the 69th minute. The Loggers were unable to find the net again, and their comeback proved to fall just short.
The Geoducks outshot Puget Sound 17-16, while each team took nine corner kicks. Ezra Kraus and Cameron Lorek led the team with five shots each. Goalkeeper Wren Norwood (3-1) played all 90 minutes, making three saves.
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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