Two first half goals power Loggers past Pirates

Two first half goals power Loggers past Pirates

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's soccer team scored two early goals as it shutout Whitworth 2-0 in a physical battle on Sunday afternoon.

Six minutes into the match, Andrew White netted his third goal of the year by tapping in a pass from Sam Zisette. Connor LaFerriere fired in a shot from outside the 18 yard-box 20 minutes later to give the Loggers the 2-0 lead over the Pirates. Goalkeeper Nathan King made five saves in the shutout win.

"Today's outcome was a result of great execution and game planning," said Head Coach Reece Olney. "I'm super happy for the boys to be rewarded for their hard work and get the result today as well as sweep the weekend. However, it doesn't get any easier from here as we have to continue on the road and try to find a way to compete against the very well coached and quality opponent of Pacific Lutheran."

Puget Sound (8-3-1, 5-1 NWC) got out to an early lead in the sixth minute with White's goal from Zisette. In the 26th minute, LaFerriere found the back of the net from about 20 yards out to give the Loggers the 2-0 lead over Whitworth (9-1-1, 4-1-1 NWC). King came up big in the period, with four saves, to keep the Loggers up by two at halftime.

In the second half, Puget Sound took just one shot as the game became more physical. Whitworth received four yellow cards in the half, while the Loggers were given two. The Pirates took 12 shots in the period but the Puget Sound defense stepped up and denied the Pirates a goal to secure the 2-0 win.

The Pirates managed to outshoot the Loggers (19-9) and had more corner kicks (5-1). White led the Loggers in shots with four.

Puget Sound looks to carry this offensive momentum as it faces cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran on the road Saturday, Oct. 11 at 6 pm. 

 

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