TACOMA, Washington – Andrew White's fourth goal of the season and a shutout defensive performance lifted the Puget Sound men's soccer team past cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran 1-0 on Saturday night.
Andrew White netted the only goal of the game by finishing a pass from Cameron Lorek late in the first half. That goal ended up being the game winner as the Loggers were able to shut down the Lutes and hold them to one shot on goal in the match. Goalkeeper Nathan King recorded the shutout win, his sixth of the season.
"Tonight's game went pretty much as I expected. Pacific Lutheran was very organized and well prepared for the match," said Head Coach Reece Olney. "White scored a great goal right before halftime and our stingy defense did the rest and secured another shutout. It was a total team effort and a great result for our program."
To open the match Puget Sound (9-3-1, 6-1 NWC) kept Pacific Lutheran (6-7, 3-4 NWC) from taking a shot until the 17th minute. The Puget Sound defense allowed only three shots in the half, only one of them on goal. After 42 scoreless minutes and eight shots by the Loggers, White found the back of the net. White gave Puget Sound the 1-0 lead as he scored on a pass from Lorek.
In a hard-fought second half, Puget Sound was able to deny the Lutes a shot on goal. Sean Ryan and White nearly found the back of the net in the period but it was White's first half goal that ended up being the difference.
The Loggers outshot the Lutes (12-9) and had more corner kicks (11-4). White and Ryan led the Loggers in shots with three.
Puget Sound looks to stay atop the Northwest Conference standings when it returns home next weekend to face Whitworth and Whitman on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday Oct. 19 both at 2:30pm.
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