TACOMA, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team handed their cross-town rivals and fifth-ranked Pacific Lutheran Lutes their first loss of the season 2-1 at Peyton Field Saturday afternoon.
A first half that saw very few offensive chances saw its first goal in the 43rd minute when Sean Ryan put back an errant Pacific Lutheran clearance. Ryan one-timed the loose ball from about 15 yards out and sent it over Pacific Lutheran goalkeeper Joe Rayburn and off the crossbar into the back of the net. The goal was Ryan's fifth of 2013.
The Loggers held the Lutes without a single shot in the first half but only managed four shots of their own, two of which were on goal.
After halftime, the game's tempo picked up significantly. The Lute offense gained some footing and was able to create several scoring threats, outshooting the Loggers 9-4 in the second half.
In the 57th minute, Rigoberto Loreto played a beautiful corner kick that Taylor Jackson headed into the upper left-hand corner past a diving Nathan King to level the score.
After offensive chances from both sides, Pacific Lutheran was whistled for a foul in their own 18-yard box and Puget Sound was awarded a penalty kick. Carson Swope calmly slotted it into the side netting, giving the Loggers a 2-1 advantage with just over 11 minutes to play.
The match only intensified after Swope's eventual goal-winning goal. In a five-minute stretch, Pacific Lutheran defender Jeff Piaquadio was issued two yellow cards and finally sent off in the 89th minute. The Lutes desperately attacked the Logger goal to avoid their first loss of the season but were unable to do so.
"I don't even know if our players knew that they were undefeated and ranked top ten in the nation," stated Puget Sound head coach Reece Olney. "We knew that if we worked hard and set our mind to what objectives we had for the day that we could get a result."
A result is just what the Loggers got, earning a vital three points and keeping them atop the Northwest Conference standings while distancing themselves from the Lutes.
The win keeps Puget Sound a perfect 7-0-0 in conference play while Pacific Lutheran drops to 4-1-2 in the Northwest Conference.
Puget Sound next travels across the Cascades to face the Whitworth Pirates Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m.