LOGGER MEN SIT IN FIRST
Racking up two more wins at home last weekend, the University of Puget Sound men’s soccer team sits in first place in the Northwest Conference with a 4-0 record.
Four different Loggers scored in a 4-1 win over Willamette, as Carson Swope gave UPS a 1-0 lead with his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 20th minute. Tied 1-1 at the half, the Loggers scored three times in the second period, as Sam Zisette gave them the lead for good in the 53rd minute off a cross from Connor LaFerriere. Vincent McCluskey scored on a diving header in the 67th minute off Mathew Durland’s assist, and Sean Ryan added the final goal in the 75th minute. Loggers keeper Nathan King made five saves in the match.
The offense stayed hot early in a 3-1 win over Linfield on Sept. 29, as McCluskey got the Loggers started with a header goal off Luke Sandblom’s free kick in the eighth minute. Sean Ryan made it 2-0 in the 17th minute with a goal off a cross from Zisette, and Sandblom followed with a header off Swope’s cross in the 22nd minute for a commanding 3-0 lead.
Currently holding a five-game winning streak, the Loggers – who have scored 17 goals while allowing just four in their last five matches – host Whitman on Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. and Whitworth on Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
LUTES TOP LOGGERS FOR FIRST PLACE
Displaying a balanced attack, the Pacific Lutheran volleyball team topped the University of Puget Sound 3-1 on Sept. 25 at home in an early first-place showdown between the crosstown rivals.
Four Lutes finished in double digits in kills, as Amy Wooten led the way with 12 kills, Lucy Capron and Bethany Huston had 11 kills apiece and Haley Urdahl finished with 10 kills and 21 digs. The Lutes had a .310 hit percentage in winning the first set 25-21, but dropped the second set 19-25 to the Loggers. Pacific Lutheran charged back to win the third set 25-15, and held off the Loggers 26-24 in the fourth set to claim the match. Samantha North had 46 assists for the Lutes, while Amber Aguiar put up a team-high 31 digs. Jackie Harvey had a team-high 10 digs for the Loggers, while Jenni Brehove had team highs with 31 assists and 25 digs.
The Loggers responded with a 3-1 win at Lewis & Clark on Sept. 27, with Harvey putting up 15 kills, Brehove tallying 43 assists and Marissa Florant getting a team-high 19 digs. They moved to 3-1 in conference play to sit just behind PLU in second place.
The Lutes notched a 3-0 win at Willamette on Sept. 28, led by nine kills from Capron and Huston and eight kills by Urdahl and Wooten. Allison Wood and Aubrey Larion had three aces apiece in the match.
The 15th-ranked Lutes travel to take on Whitman on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Whitworth on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m., while the 16th-ranked Loggers travel to Whitworth on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Whitman on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
LUTES HOLD OFF BLUGOLDS
Pacific Lutheran scored touchdowns on three of their first five possessions and held off a late charge from Wisconsin-Eau Claire for a 21-19 win on the road on Sept. 28.
Kelly Morgan got the Lutes on the board with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to cap an eight-play, 83-yard drive, and Niko Madison made it 14-0 just over two minutes later with a seven-yard touchdown run after the Blugolds fumbled the kickoff. Madison finished with 11 carries for 93 yards to lead the Lutes. Dalton Ritchey, who finished 20-for-31 for 164 yards, connected with Kyle Warner – who had eight catches for 68 yards – for a seven-yard touchdown late in the first half to give the Lutes a 21-7 lead at the half.
Blugolds running back Joel Sweeney, who finished with 31 carries for 123 yards, scored his third touchdown of the game with 41 seconds left to bring Wisconsin-Eau Claire back to within 21-19. But the Lutes stopped Sweeney short on the two-point attempt to escape with the win.
Sean McFadden had a team-high 12 tackles for PLU, Jonny Volland, Greg Hibbard and Jordan Patterson had seven tackles apiece and Dalton Darmody hauled in a key interception in the fourth quarter.
The No. 10 Lutes now face one of their toughest games of the season in their conference opener, as they travel to face No. 2 Linfield on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
LUTES GET TWO CONFERENCE VICTORIES
The Pacific Lutheran women’s soccer team notched their first two conference victories of the season last weekend, getting the wins in dramatically different fashion.
The Lutes won 1-0 at Lewis & Clark in two overtimes – their third straight two-overtime match – on Sept. 28, as Kaylie Rozell scored the golden goal in the 105th minute after taking a pass from Kristi D’Alessandro on the right side. Rozell drove a shot from 15 yards out into the top left corner of the net. The Pioneers outshot the Lutes 20-10 in regulation, but Lutes keeper Marisa Gonzalez played the entire match and collected six saves.
Rozell struck for a goal for the third consecutive game to cap a 4-0 win at George Fox on Sept. 29, getting her team-high fifth goal of the season in the 64th minute. The Lutes didn’t get on the board until the 41st minute, when Blake Warner scored on a header off a cross by Jamie Hoffman. Warner scored again in the 50th minute, and Lauren Larson added a goal on a penalty kick less than two minutes later to make it 3-0. The Lutes outshot George Fox 22-8 in the match, and Gonzalez and Takara Mitsui split time in goal for PLU, with each coming up with four saves.
The Lutes return to action when they host Whitworth on Oct. 5 at noon and Whitman on Oct. 6 at noon.