TACOMA, Washington – In a battle for first place in the Northwest Conference, the Puget Sound men's soccer team fell to Willamette 1-0.
The physical battle featured possession by the Loggers but a noticeable lack of shots on goal. Andrew White led the Loggers in shots with two. Sam Zisette crossed numerous balls into the box to create chances for Puget Sound. Sam Naatz provided solid defense for the Loggers, helping them remain in control of the ball. Goalkeeper Nathan King had one save in the game, a perfectly timed tip out on a breakaway shot.
To begin the match, Puget Sound (11-4-2, 8-2-1) held possession of the ball as Zisette crossed balls into the box. The Loggers did not allow Willamette (12-4-1, 9-1-1) to take a shot until the 17th minute. The Bearcats scored the lone goal of the match and eventual game winner in the 33rd minute off a corner kick. White, Zisette and Ezra Kraus took shots in the half.
Down by one goal to start the second half, Puget Sound continued to look for simple passes and keep of control the midfield. Despite possession, the Loggers could not seem to get a shot off. However, the Logger defense did not allow Willamette to take a shot on goal in the half. Connor LaFerriere and White took shots for the Loggers in the period. The Bearcat's first half goal was enough as they beat the Loggers 1-0.
The Bearcats outshot the Loggers (6-5) but the Loggers had more corner kicks (8-2). Willamette fouled 23 times to Puget Sound's five. The Bearcats also picked up five yellow cards in the match.
Puget Sound looks to bounce back as it takes on George Fox on the road at 1:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 1.