LUTES PULL OFF ROAD VICTORY IN OPENER
After controlling much of their football opener at 18th-ranked Cal Lutheran, 12th-ranked Pacific Lutheran rallied for a late touchdown earn a 31-24 win on Sept. 14.
The Lutes were led by junior quarterback Dalton Ritchey, who went 13-for-26 for 198 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, while adding 14 carries for 87 yards and two more scores.
Ritchey got Pacific Lutheran on the board with a seven-yard touchdown run to tie it 7-7 early in the second quarter, and added a one-yard score early in the third quarter to give the Lutes a 17-7 lead. He connected with wide receiver Kyle Warner – who finished with six catches for 125 yards – on a 66-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to make it 24-14, but the Kingsmen stormed back to tie it on Sean Bellotti’s 42-yard field goal with 9:19 left in the game. Ritchey responded by driving the Lutes 83 yards in 10 plays, connecting with tight end Lucas Sontra for a seven-yard touchdown that gave Pacific Lutheran the lead for good.
Brandon James had six carries for 85 yards for the Lutes – including a 55-yard scamper – while Niko Madison tallied 10 carries for 42 yards. But the Lutes were lucky in that they fumbled the ball five times in the game, only two of which were recovered by Cal Lutheran. Greg Hibbard and Jordan Patterson tallied eight tackles apiece for Pacific Lutheran, while Patterson added an interception and Joel Anthony had two of the Lutes’ six sacks on the afternoon.
The Lutes return to action on Sept. 21 for their home opener, where they will host Redlands at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup at 12:30 p.m.
LUTES EVEN UP RECORD BEFORE LEAGUE PLAY
As it prepares to enter league play, the Pacific Lutheran volleyball team improved to 4-4 overall on the season with a 20-25, 25-11, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8 win over Concordia-Moorhead at home on Sept. 14.
The 17th-ranked Lutes got a team-high 14 kills from Lucy Capron, while Haley Urdahl added 10 kills and 21 digs and Samantha North had 44 assists.
The Lutes had a few dominant runs in the middle sets, as they scored 21 of the first 27 points in the second set and closed out the third set by scoring 11 of the final 15 points after being tied 14-14.
Amber Aguiar had a team-high 25 assists for PLU, while Amy Wooten added a team-best seven block assists.
The Lutes begin league play by hosting Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and Linfield on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. They will host 15th-ranked University of Puget Sound on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
LOGGERS STRUGGLE IN HOME OPENER
Looking to rebound from two straight winless seasons, the University of Puget Sound football team struggled from the get-go in their season opener, falling 57-14 at home to Chapman on Sept. 14.
The Panthers took control early, scoring on five of six drives in the first half and taking a 34-0 lead at the break. They tallied 505 yards on the day – 259 rushing yards – and five different players scored a rushing touchdown for Chapman.
The Loggers finally struck after Max McGuinn recovered a fumbled punt at the Panthers’ 34-yard line early in the third quarter, and Braden Foley hit Bryson Calma for a five-yard touchdown seven plays later to make it 34-7. Foley finished 28-for-40 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His other score capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive late in the third quarter, as he connected with Kevin Miller on a seven-yard strike to cut it to 44-14. Miller led the Loggers with 58 yards receiving on seven catches.
But the Loggers defense was busy all day, as Brent McCoy led Puget Sound with 11 tackles in his college debut, while Roy Fuchigami, Connor Savage and Jacob Wuesthoff all added 10 tackles – with Wuesthoff also hauling in an interception.
The Loggers hope to tally their first win in 20 games when they travel to California to take on Whittier on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.
LUTES AND LOGGERS BATTLE TO DRAW
In both squad’s Northwest Conference opener, the Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran women’s soccer teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 14 on the PLU campus.
The 13th-ranked Loggers brought most of the offensive pressure on the afternoon, but it was the Lutes that struck first in the 26th minute when Lauren Larson drove in a shot from 25 yards out. The equalizer came in the 45th minute for Puget Sound, as Jordyn McLuen scored to make it 1-1 at halftime.
Neither team could break through in the second half – or the 20 minutes of extra time – despite the fact that the Loggers outshot the Lutes 28-5 in the game, putting 10 of those shots on target. But PLU keeper Takara Mitsui made five saves, while Marisa Gonzalez added four saves to help the Lutes escape further damage.
Puget Sound returns to action when they travel to Linfield on Sept. 21 at noon, while Pacific Lutheran travels to take on Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 22 at noon.
TITANS NOTCH SHUTOUT IN LEAGUE OPENER
The Tacoma Community College men’s soccer team notched a 3-0 win over South Puget Sound on Sept. 14 to start off their NWAACC schedule on the right foot.
It took a little while, but Suwilanji Silozi got the Titans on the board in the 33rd minute off an assist from Daniel Guzman. Joe Snow followed two minutes later with another goal off Luke Logan’s assist, and Edgar Zepeda set up Chris Peterson for a goal in the 75th minute to put it away. The Titans could have had more were it not for South Puget Sound keeper Alex Cleary, who was forced to make 11 saves in the match.
The Titan women, meanwhile, sit at 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the NWAACC after two losses last weekend. They fell 3-2 against Lane on Sept. 14, despite Laura Deaton and Quinn Bovee-Naini scoring in the second half to pull them back in contention. They were topped 6-1 by Evergreen State on Sept. 16, with Deaton tallying the lone goal for TCC in the 33rd minute.
The Titans’ squads were scheduled to take on Pierce College on Sept. 18. They will travel to take on Southwest Oregon on Sept. 21, with the women playing at noon and the men at 2:15 p.m. The Titans’ squads return to face Peninsula on Sept. 25, with the women playing at 2 p.m. and the men at 4:15 p.m.