Nationally-Ranked Battle Ends in Draw
TACOMA, Wash. – A seesaw battle came to a balanced ending as the No. 13 Puget Sound women's soccer team tied No. 17 Claremont 3-3 on Sunday. The Loggers and Athenas traded goals throughout the game, but neither could emerge victorious in the double overtime match.
The scoring got started in a hurry as Kelly Anderson found her way behind the defense and won the 1-on-1 battle with the goalie to give the Loggers a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Before the Loggers could blink, the Athenas came rushing back as Julia Nishioka scored on a header just 13 seconds later.
The wild first half continued as Theresa Henle settled a bouncing ball at the top of the box and fired it into the back of the net for another Logger lead and her first of two goals on the day. Down 2-1, the Athenas once again responded with a goal six minutes later to knot the game at 2-2.
Both teams headed into the locker rooms at that point. The Loggers outshot the Athenas 11-5 in the opening half but the Athena goalie came up with four saves to keep the game tied.
Henle struck again in the 54th minute to once again give the Loggers the lead. With time running short, the Athenas again found an equalizer in the 83rd minute to tie the game at 3-3.
The Athenas flipped the stats in the second half by outshooting the Loggers 10-4 in the second half. However, the Loggers flipped the momentum again as they outshot the Athenas 6-2 in the overtime periods but could not find the match winner.
Northwest Conference play starts next week when the Loggers host Willamette on Saturday at noon.