Stevenson scores, Loggers and Pirates battle to 2-2 draw

Stevenson scores, Loggers and Pirates battle to 2-2 draw

TACOMA, Washington – Tristan Stevenson scored his first career goal, and the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team drew with Whitworth, 2-2, on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams, who consistently fight for the top spots in the Northwest Conference, battled fairly evenly to begin the game. The Loggers (4-2-1, 1-1-1 NWC) were able to take the lead in the 39th minute. Tristan Stevenson put the ball into the penalty area on a free kick from the right flank. As both Loggers and Pirates (4-2-1, 2-0-1 NWC) players went up to fight for the ball, a Whitworth defender's head directed the ball into his own net, giving a 1-0 lead to the home team.

The Loggers doubled their lead in the 65th minute, when they had another free kick form the right flank. The initial kick was blocked, but the ball bounced to Stevenson's feet, who blasted his shot into the far, upper corner, giving the Pirate goalie no chance to make a stop. The goal with the senior defender's first goal of his career.

The Pirates got one goal back in the 79th minute, when they drew a penalty kick. Drew Williams sent goalkeeper Jacob Palmer the wrong direction, picking up his first goal of the year. Whitworth drew level in the 89th minute, when Eric Espinoza's free kick ended up in the back of the net.

With the score tied, 2-2, at the end of 90 minutes, the two teams went to extra time. Despite the Loggers outshooting the Pirates 3-0 in each of the two overtime periods, they were unable to break through, and the match would end in a tie.

Puget Sound outshot Whitworth 14-7, while the Pirates took more corner kicks (12-8). Ezra Kraus led the team with six shots, four of which were on goal. Goalkeeper Jacob Palmer (0-0-1), making his first career start, played all 110 minutes, making one save.

The Loggers have now played in three overtime matches this year, with a 1-1-1 record.

Puget Sound's next match will be Sunday, September 25, when the team welcomes Whitman to Peyton Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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