SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Junior Nathan King made nine saves in goal for the Puget Sound men's soccer team but a late goal spoiled the Loggers' upset bid. The eighth-ranked Trinity Tigers netted the only goal of the match with less than 11 minutes left.
"Tonight we fought hard against a perennial top-10 team and came up one goal short," commented head coach Reece Olney. "Nate (King) played all 90 minutes and had a solid game."
The game-winner came 79:18 into the match, less than 11 minutes to the full 90. Victor Araujo put the Tigers' ninth shot on goal into the net for the 1-0 lead. Raz Forsten assisted on the goal to help the Tigers clinch the win.
The Loggers were outshot 20-7 in the match but had a good number of quality opportunities as five of their seven shots were put on frame. However, Tiger goalie Matt Cardone was equal to the task and stopped all five shots for the shutout.
"We don't take shots for the sake of taking shots, but when we do shoot they are typically dangerous and on goal," added Olney. " We had several good looks and were a little unlucky to not find the net once."
The Loggers put three shots on goal in the first half while the Tigers put four on goal in the first 45 minutes with both goalies coming up big for their teams. King went on to make four more saves in the second half before the game-winner found its way past him. He saved one more late to keep the Loggers close.
Shots were distributed widely through the Logger roster with five different players putting shots on target. Colin McIntosh and Carson Swope each fired two shots with one being put on goal. The Loggers also earned five corner kicks in the contest compared to the Tigers' three.
Next up, the Loggers return home for a couple weeks. They will host one match next weekend when Wisconsin Lutheran visits Peyton Field at 11 a.m. on Sunday.