TACOMA, Wash. – A muddy and rain-soaked match was broken open with three goals in the second half as the Puget Sound men's soccer team battled to a 4-1 win over Willamette on Saturday. The Loggers remained unbeaten in NWC play at 3-0-0 and ran their overall record to 5-3-0.
The Bearcats (5-2-1, 1-1-1 NWC) had tied things up just before halftime with a goal in the 43rd minute. A Logger clear attempt settled at the feet of Ethan Tait at the top of the 18-yard box. He hit a well-struck shot through traffic to the lower right corner to knot up the match at 1-1.
Carson Swope scored the first goal on the match on a penalty kick in the 20th minute.
Staying true to their form this year, the Loggers continued to find the back of the net in the second half while the Bearcats stayed scoreless. In all five Logger wins this year, they have scored at least three times and have a total of zero goals in all three losses.
Sam Zisette was the first to strike in the second half in the 53rd minute. Connor La Ferriere came sliding toward the end line to cross the ball across the box. With the Bearcats frantically trying to clear, the bouncing ball somehow snuck past all of them to Zisette on the far post. He took a pair of touches to settle the ball and nudged it in for a 2-1 Logger lead.
In the 67th minute, Matthew Durland lined up a free kick from about 35 yards out. His kick was well placed in the middle of the box and Vincent McCluskey leaped high in the air for a diving header that he pushed past the Willamette keeper for a 3-1 lead.
Sean Ryan put the finishing touches on the win in the 75th minute when a clearance from Willamette bounced off of another defended and landed at Ryan's feet. He quickly blasted it in for the final goal of the match.
Nate King made five saves in the match with three in the second half that helped the Loggers stay out in front. Braydon Calder made four in the final half despite allowing the three goals.
The Loggers will put up their perfect NWC record again when they host Linfield tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.