TACOMA, Wash.—The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team continued their winning ways Sunday, taking down Whitworth 2-1 at Peyton Field in Tacoma, Wash.
Forward Carson Swope scored twice in the second half to put the Loggers up on the Pirates. He tallied his first goal of the game in the 55th minute, finishing a rebound off Whitworth keeper Timmy Costa. Costa successfully blocked a shot by Puget Sound's Matthew Durland, but couldn't control the rebound, which bounced to Swope who placed it in the back of the net.
Swope's second of the day came five minutes later when he headed in a Sam Zisette cross from close range. After today, Swope has eight goals on the season and is just two behind Pacific (Ore.)'s Derek Johnson for the conference lead.
The Loggers controlled opened the scoring attempts Sunday, with Vincent McCluskey seeing a shot saved by Costa in the fourth minute. Five minutes later, Whitworth earned their first shot on frame when a Puget Sound defender cleared a Samual Jarrett attempt off the line. Puget Sound lead in first-half shots 6-3, but each team attempted four corners in the initial 45 minutes of action.
After the Logger's five-minute goal barrage, Whitworth found itself controlling more of the play, with six of their second-half shots coming in the final half an hour of play. They pulled within one goal in the 83th minute when Matt Bray sent a long pass down the field toward Robby Ubben. Ubben fired past Puget Sound keeper Nathan King from the 18 yard line, tallying his second goal of the campaign. It wasn't enough, however, as the Puget Sound defense clamped down and didn't allow Whitworth another scoring opportunity for the rest of the match.
The Loggers lead the match in shots (14) and corners (7) while Whitworth's Costa made all five of Whitworth's saves. Puget Sound tallied two on the day, one made by King.
The Loggers (8-3-0, 6-0-0) remain undefeated in conference play and are riding a seven-match winning streak. The Northwest Conference leaders next take the field take the pitch on Saturday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m., when they host the conference's second-place team, Pacific Lutheran.