Loggers defeat rival Lutes in final match of season

Loggers defeat rival Lutes in final match of season

PARKLAND, Washington – In the final match of the season, the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team defeated Pacific Lutheran 2-1 Saturday evening.

Pacific Lutheran (15-5, 11-3 NWC) started the game on the front foot, taking an early lead in the 12th minute. After the Lutes earned a penalty, Eddie Na slotted the ball home, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.

The Loggers (10-7-2, 8-4-2 NWC) fought back into the game, pulling even in the 27th minute. Sam Zisette had the ball on the right flank and sent his cross in front of the goal. Josh Sonico was waiting there to tally his seventh goal of the season.  

Puget Sound kept up the pressure in the second half, taking a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute. Ezra Kraus tried his luck from 20-yards out at the top of the box, beating the keeper for his second goal of the year. The Loggers defense withstood the Lutes in the final 30 minutes to win the game.

Pacific Lutheran outshot Puget Sound (12-8) and also took more corner kicks (9-5). Sonico led the Loggers with three shots, while goalkeeper Daniel Kirsch (10-6-1) earned the victory, making four saves.

The win secured the sixth-consecutive season of at least 10-wins for the Loggers. Puget Sound's 8-4-2 record in the Northwest Conference was good for third place in the 2015 season.

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