Loggers place second in NWC for second consecutive year

Loggers place second in NWC for second consecutive year

The Puget Sound women's soccer team finished its 2017 season in second place with a Northwest Conference record of 11-3-2, improving from last year's record of 10-3-3, by one win. The Loggers suffered only one loss at home, and went undefeated in the month of October (8-0-1). 

The Loggers' defense, backed by NWC Defensive Player of the Year Jamie Lange, was one of the best defenses in the region. Lange led the league with 99 saves, and she ranked second in both save percentage (.900) and goals-against average (0.57). Senior defender Emily Prasil was named to the All-NWC First Team, along with sophomore midfielder Tayla MacPherson and Lange. That trio was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team, and Prasil earned a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-West Region nod. 

The Loggers began their season with various ups and downs, exchanging wins, ties and losses across the board. A little less than halfway through conference play, Puget Sound began their hot streak. Not only did the Loggers win seven straight games, but they went 8-1-1 in their final ten matches.

Four games into their win streak Puget Sound defeated eventual league champs, Pacific Lutheran, 1-0. Jacquelyn Anderson tallied the game-winner in the 57th minute after netting her penalty kick perfectly.

For their sixth consecutive win the Loggers sank Whitworth's ship, 2-1, defeating a Pirates team that was in first place at the time. Puget Sound struck first in the 26th minute when  MacPherson netted her shot into the far bottom right corner of the goal. An unfortunate Logger foul in the box allowed the Pirates to secure a PK three minutes before halftime. Just six minutes into the second half forward Lura Morton sealed Puget Sound's win after heading in Tess Peppis's corner kick.

By season's end, eight different Loggers combined for 30 goals. Morton led the way with eight, followed by Genevieve Cheatham with seven and MacPherson with six.

Pepps was named to the All-NWC Second Team, while Elizabeth McGraw, Morton, and Cheatham all earned Honorable Mention. Six out of seven Loggers who received conference honors are expected to return for the 2018 season in hopes of capturing the NWC title.

 

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