Loggers fall to tough Colorado College squad

Loggers fall to tough Colorado College squad

TACOMA, Wash.—In what was probably its toughest match of the season so far, the Puget Sound Loggers  team fell 20-6 to a strong Colorado College Sunday at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. 

The visiting Tigers scored the game's first six goals, with three of them coming in the first two minutes. At the 17:10 mark, Puget Sound found itself up a player after a yellow card to Colorado College's Madeline Scherer and promptly took advantage of the extra player as Haley Schuster buried a free-position shot with 16:42 left in the half for the Loggers' first score of the game.

Puget Sound ceded the next score to Colorado College, but the Loggers rebounded with two more in the span of 3:21. Callie Holgate netted another free-position shot for her third goal of the year, and Olivia Keene picked up her 20th of the season with 9:52 remaining in the first half. The score pulled the Loggers within four at 7-3.

The Loggers got two more in the opening period as well, netting one from Kerri Smith with just over seven minutes left in the half. The Tigers scored the next two goals, but Haley Jackson found paydirt for the Loggers to close out their first-half scoring total. Colorado College scored the half's final two goals and went into the 10-minute halftime up 12-5. 

Both teams' offenses slowed down in the second half as they combined to score nine in period two as opposed to 17 combined goals in the first. Unfortunately for the home-town Loggers, they only scored one of those nine goals: a free-position shot by Keene with 22:49 remaining in the half. The Tigers ended with the game's final seven goals to bring the score to 20-6 in favor of the guests.

Colorado College's Elise Burchard led all players with four goals on six shots while Keene was Puget Sound's leading scorer with two goals on eight shots. The Loggers' Elena Becker picked up seven ground balls – the most in the game – while Tiger midfielder Mary Taussig controlled eight draws. 

In the cage, Tiger goalie Maddie Pillari made 12 saves in 60 minutes of action while Hailey Palmore and Madison Paskett each made six saves in 30 minutes for the Loggers. Pillari picked up the win while Palmore suffered the loss.

The Loggers (3-3) look to get back into the win column next Saturday, March 15, when they take on George Fox in Newberg, Ore. The Bruins are 1-2 so far in the inaugural season of their program. First draw for that contest is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.