TACOMA, Wash. – The lid was removed just over half an hour into the match and the Puget Sound men's soccer team went on to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran 5-0 in its home-opener on Sunday. The Loggers (1-2) received two goals from Carson Swope and a three-point performance from Sean Ryan to earn their first win of 2013.
"It felt like it was a long time coming for that first goal," said head coach Reece Olney. "We felt like we were doing the right things and if we kept doing them, that eventually the game would be true to us and we'd get the goal we were looking for."
Swope finally gave the Loggers that goal at 30:58 mark of the first half. Nick Campanelli dribbled around a couple defenders inside the 18-yard box and passed it through to Swope, who took one quick swipe and found the back of the net.
Coming into today's match, the Loggers had been shutout through two matches this year. Earlier in the match, the Loggers had some opportunities come up empty as the first goal of the year continued to be evasive.
"We have a mature, veteran group and we may not have one guy that will score 15 or 20 goals for us this season," added Olney. "We definitey have a lot of guys that, given the opportunity, will finish."
After Swope's first goal, it seems as though the door swung open and the Loggers went on a scoring rampage. Connor LaFerriere beat the keeper 1-on-1 after Geof Cleveland played him behind the defense in the 37th minute. After halftime, Swope struck again. He as able to get his foot on Sam Zisette's corner kick and push it past the keeper on the near side.
With a 3-0 lead, the Loggers weren't done. Theisen Chang made his Logger debut and needed mere minutes to score his first goal. Sean Ryan played Chang behind the Warriors' back line and he beat the goalie to the far post in the 75th minute for a 4-0 lead. Ryan joined the scoring party just about one minute later when a free kick resulted in a scrum in front of the net and Ryan running on for his first goal.
The Warriors (1-2-2) fired off eight shots to the Loggers' 20 and forced Nate King to make two saves. He combined with Daniel Kirsch for the shutout. Jon Stewart made six saves in for the visiting Warriors.
The Loggers will look to continue their scoring streak next Friday when they host Hardin-Simmons at 4 p.m. on East Field.