Loggers Overcome Red Card, Tough Defense to Beat Whitman

Loggers Overcome Red Card, Tough Defense to Beat Whitman

TACOMA, Wash.—The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team overcame a one player deficit and a stingy Whitman defense to grab an overtime victory Saturday, beating the Missionaries 1-0 at Peyton Field in Tacoma, Wash.

The Loggers (7-3-0, 5-0-0 NWC) won the match four minutes into the first overtime period on a penalty kick finished by senior Carson Swope. Colin McIntosh had earned the penalty seconds before after being fouled inside the box by a Whitman defender. Swope's penalty was the first Logger shot attempted in the overtime period.

Puget Sound played over 60 minutes of the match with 10 men after Oliver Field was red-carded three minutes after the half-hour mark. Before the red card, the Loggers controlled much of the game, taking four shots and earning eight corner kicks. After the red, however, they attempted just four shots and one corner. The Missionaries' goalie, Stuart Ellsworth, kept the Loggers off the scoreboard early in the contest, making a save on a shot on goal from Swope in the 5th minute and also turning away a Luke Sandblom attempt in the 17th minute.

With the man advantage, Whitman was able to dictate the pace in the second half, taking six shots and six corner kicks each throughout the period. They could not find paydirt, however, as Puget Sound keeper Nathan King made two second second-half saves to keep the Loggers in the match, including a diving save on a low ball fired by Whitman's Marcos Medina.

 "We said the whole time that we weren't settling for a tie," said Logger head coach Reece Olney. "The whole time our mentality was that we were going to try and get the full three points at home and that helped these guys have the right approach. We weren't just defending and taking it, we were actually looking for our opportunities to get the full three points ... we knew that we had a huge disadvantage, but we felt that if we could defend properly, there would be moments in the game where we could get a goal."

Puget Sound is the only squad without a loss or tie in Northwest Conference play this year, remaining perfect at 5-0-0.The Loggers extended their NWC lead by taking the full three points while Pacific Lutheran, currently in second place, grabbed just one point from a tie with Whitworth. Whitman (3-5-2, 3-1-1 NWC) is tied for third place in the conference.

The Loggers next take on the Whitworth Pirates Sunday, October 6, at 2:30 p.m. at Peyton Field.