TACOMA, Washington – Connor LaFerriere scored for the Puget Sound men's soccer team but that was not enough as it fell to Willamette 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Loggers held Willamette scoreless in the first half. Goalkeeper Nathan King came up big with two saves in the first half and three in the second. On the offensive side, LaFerriere netted his first goal of the year on a pass from Landon Gauthier.
"We created enough chances to win a NWC road game but we weren't good enough in front of the goal. It's very disappointing to only score once and lose the match" said Puget Sound Head Coach Reece Olney.
In the first half, the Loggers (5-3-1, 2-1 NWC) got off to a fast start with two shots and two corner kicks. The Bearcats (5-4, 2-1 NWC) returned the favor by taking two shots of their own. Sean Ryan, Andrew White, Cameron Lorek and Josh Sonico all took shots in the period that required the Willamette keeper to make a save. The first half ended in a scoreless tie.
Heading into the second half, the Bearcats netted a goal in the 52nd minute to pull ahead. That lead didn't last for long as LaFerriere scored on a header from Gauthier in the 59th minute to tie the game. In the 80th minute, the Bearcats scored the winning goal on a unassisted shot from Yazan Hishmeh. The Loggers took three more shots before the final whistle but it was not enough as they fell to the Bearcats 2-1.
The Loggers outshot the Bearcats (15-12) and had more corner kicks (11-4). King made five saves in the match while White led the Loggers in shots with three. Willamette picked up a yellow card in the 54th minute and Puget Sound received a yellow in the 55th minute.
Puget Sound looks to bounce back Sunday, Sept. 28, as it travels to take on Linfield at 2:30 pm.