UPS WOMEN SIT ATOP NWC
Two victories last week lifted the Puget Sound women’s soccer team to first place in the Northwest Conference, at 5-1 in the league and 7-2 overall.
The Loggers picked up a 3-0 win at Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 28, outshooting the Lutes 17-2 in the contest. Despite the shot disparity, it was an own goal by Pacific Lutheran that finally got the Loggers on the board in the 58th minute. Christine Isabella broke through for a goal in the 66th minute, and then picked up an assist on forward Jenny Moore’s goal one minute later. Keeper Kara Merfeld was credited with the shutout and has not allowed a goal in six games played so far this year, having recorded 18 saves on the season.
Merfeld picked up another shutout in the Loggers’ 1-0 win over George Fox on Oct. 1, as a goal in the 44th minute by Robin Vieira gave Puget Sound all the offense it needed. Merfeld made two saves and the Loggers once again had a big shot advantage, outshooting George Fox 12-4 in the match.
The Loggers will look for their fifth straight win when they travel to Pacific (Ore.) on Oct. 8 before playing at Lewis & Clark on Oct. 9, with both matches at noon.
AUGUSTIN LEADS LUTES TO TWO WINS
Spencer Augustin scored three goals in two matches, leading Pacific Lutheran to a 5-2 win over George Fox on Oct. 1 and a 2-1 overtime win over Pacific (Ore.) on Oct. 2.
The Lutes were outshot 23-17 by George Fox but raced out to a 4-0 lead, including Augustin’s first goal in the 17th minute to put Pacific Lutheran up 1-0. Greg Noll headed in a corner kick by Surafel Wodajo – who had two assists – in the 38th minute, and Richard Renteria scored in the 44th minute to give the Lutes a 3-0 halftime lead.
Brenden Cohen scored moments into the second half, tapping in a cross from Augustin to put the Lutes firmly in control. Augustin would add his second goal in the 83rd minute to pad the lead, as keeper Joe Rayburn came up big in making 11 saves for the Lutes.
Lucas McCallum got the Lutes on the board on Oct. 2 in the 31st minute off another assist by Wodajo, who set a Pacific Lutheran record with his 31st career assist. Pacific would tie it in the 77th minute on a goal by Nick Rudella, but Augustin was the hero again when he scored two minutes into overtime to win it for the Lutes.
The Lutes, tied atop the NWC standings at 5-1 in the league, have a big crosstown matchup at conference co-leader Puget Sound on Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
UPS GOLF FINISHES SECOND, LUTES FOURTH
The Puget Sound men’s golf team finished second to Whitworth at the Whitworth Fall Invitational on Oct. 2-3, recording a team score of 296(+8) on both days, five strokes behind the Pirates.
Matt Kitto paced the Loggers on Oct. 2 by shooting an even-par 72, while teammate Adam Bean fired a 73 to help the Loggers tie Whitworth at the end of the day. Bean shot a 71 on day two to finish even for the tournament, while the Loggers’ Riley Conlin shot a 73 to improve 10 strokes from his score the day before.
Pacific Lutheran shot a 602 as a team to place fourth, as Dustin Hegge was the tournament medalist, shooting a 68 on day one – the only round under 70 for the tournament. Auston Hilkon shot a nine-over 153 in two days to finish second among the Lutes’ participants.
The Lutes and Loggers have two weeks off before participating in the NWC Fall Classic at Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore. on Oct. 22-23.
LOGGERS PICK UP TWO SHUTOUTS
The Puget Sound men’s soccer team improved to 6-3 on the year in picking up shutout wins over Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox on Oct. 1-2.
Vincent McCluskey’s goal in the 70th minute was all the Loggers needed against Pacific, as keeper Chris McDonald picked up his fourth shutout of the season. Terence Blackburn picked up an assist for the Loggers as he found McCluskey in the box from the far sideline.
Connor LaFerriere got the Loggers started early against George Fox, scoring in the fifth minute off another assist by Blackburn. Andrew White and Ryan Rash added goals in the 32nd and 43rd minutes to give Puget Sound a 3-0 halftime lead. McCluskey’s goal in the 47th minute put the game away, and the Loggers picked up an own goal by George Fox in the 54th minute for the final margin. McDonald and Nathan King combined for the shutout, and the Loggers outshot George Fox 16-6 in the match.
The Loggers face a pivotal match against Pacific Lutheran at home on Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN WINS TWO OF THREE
The Pacific Lutheran volleyball team won two of its three matches last week to improve to 12-3 overall on the season.
In a 3-2 win over St. Martin’s on Sept. 27 the Lutes were led offensively by Bethany Huston’s 13 kills and Samantha North’s 43 assists, while Blair Bjorkman contributed 33 digs defensively. Erin Bremond and Kelsey Pacolt each added 10 kills, while Amber Aguiar chipped in with 14 digs. The Lutes needed a tight 22-20 win in the fifth set to claim the match.
Kelsie Moore’s 17 kills and 17 digs led the Lutes to a 3-1 win over Whitman on Sept. 30. After losing the first set 23-25, the Lutes rolled to 25-14 and 25-11 scores before finishing it off with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.
North recorded 45 assists and Bjorkman added 17 digs, as Pacific Lutheran tallied a total of 76 digs in an impressive defensive performance.
The Lutes fought tough, but lost in four sets to conference-leading Whitworth on Oct. 1, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 20-25. Bremond and Huston each had 10 kills and Bjorkman had 19 more digs, but PLU fell to 4-2 in conference play.
The Lutes will look to regain ground in the conference with home matches Oct. 7-8 against Linfield and Pacific (Ore.), respectively, with both matches at 7 p.m.