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LOGGERS END 20-GAME LOSING STREAK

The University of Puget Sound football team’s much-maligned defense forced five turnovers to help earn a 42-33 win at Whittier College on Sept. 21, ending the Loggers’ 20-game losing streak.

Jacob Wuesthoff led the Loggers’ defense with 17 tackles while adding an interception, while cornerback Connor Savage added an interception and a fumble recovery. The Loggers also tallied 14 tackles for loss, as Mike Raub came up with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Braden Foley led the Loggers’ offense, going 16-for-31 for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He got UPS on the board in the first quarter, tying the game 7-7 on a three-yard touchdown run. He connected with Josh Gilbert – who led the Loggers with four catches for 63 yards – on a three-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Kupono Park gave UPS a 21-7 lead at the break with the first of his two touchdown runs. Foley connected with Bryson Calma on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 28-14, and hit Peter Bell for a 15-yard score late in the fourth to make it 42-25.

Wuesthoff’s defensive performance was good enough to earn him the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Jeff Walton boomed a 74-yard punt in the fourth quarter, with the Loggers nursing a slim 28-25 lead, as part of his strong performance – featuring three punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line – to earn the Special Teams Player of the Week.

LUTES STAY UNDEFEATED

The Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer team earned two hard-fought wins last weekend to move up to sixth in the most recent Division III Top 25 polls.

The Lutes won 1-0 over George Fox on Sept. 21, as defender Taylor Jackson scored his first career goal off Diego Aceves’ corner in the 90th minute to earn the dramatic victory. The Lutes outshot the Bruins 22-14 in the contest, and keeper Joe Rayburn made four saves for PLU.

Jackson struck again the next day, helping the Lutes to a 2-1 win over Pacific (Ore.) to move to 7-0-1 overall on the year – continuing the school’s longest unbeaten streak to start a season. Jackson scored from 20 yards out in the 73rd minute after Pacific’s Ian Farley had scored in the 57th minute to give his squad the lead. The Lutes’ Tyler Bennett then provided the game-winner in the 84th minute off Joe Oleginski’s assist.

Pacific Lutheran will look to continue their impressive streak when they return home to host Linfield on Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m. and Willamette on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m.

LOGGERS SWEEP THROUGH NWC OPENERS

The 15th-ranked University of Puget Sound volleyball team swept both Linfield and George Fox in three sets at home last weekend to move to 2-0 to start conference play.

The Loggers won 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 over Linfield on Sept. 20, as Jackie Harvey had nine kills and eight digs while Marissa Florant added nine kills and a game-high 14 digs. The Loggers put up an impressive .371 hit percentage on the night, as setter Jenni Brehove racked up 31 assists.

They followed that with a 29-27, 25-14, 25-17 win over George Fox on Sept. 21, with Harvey tallying team highs with 12 kills and 12 digs. Florant added 10 kills and six digs, while Brehove had 32 assists and 10 digs for the Loggers.

They faced a tough test on Sept. 25 as they were scheduled to face Pacific Lutheran, and will hit the road again to take on Lewis & Clark on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

LUTES FOOTBALL MOVES TO 2-0

The Pacific Lutheran football team tallied 474 yards of offense in cruising to a convincing 35-14 win at Redlands on Sept. 21.

The 15th-ranked Lutes scored on two first-quarter drives to go up 14-0, as Dalton Ritchey hit Lucas Sontra for a 12-yard touchdown and running back Niko Madison scored from one yard out. Ritchey was the catalyst again for PLU, going 19-for-34 for 306 yards with two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

The score stood at 14-0 until the fourth quarter, when the Lutes’ Dalton Darmody fell on a fumble in the end zone to make it 21-0. Darmody also tallied a team-high seven tackles along with Ben Kaestner and Jordan Patterson.

Ritchey then connected with wide receiver Kyle Warner – who led the Lutes with five catches for 137 yards – for touchdowns of 41 and 32 yards later in the quarter, the latter giving PLU a commanding 35-7 lead. Madison led the Lutes with 16 carries for 118 yards.

Pacific Lutheran returns to action when they travel to take on Wisconsin-Eau Claire in their final nonleague contest on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PT.

NORTHWEST SOCCER LEGENDS NIGHT UPCOMING

On Oct. 25, the Tacoma Soccer Center will host the 2nd Annual, “Northwest Soccer Legends Night,” for fans to trigger fond memories of the top talent that graced the pitch in the Puget Sound. The night’s feature event will be an indoor match at 7:30 p.m., where two teams made up of past pros will compete against each other. The two sides will be captained and coached by men who are both local and international legends; Alan Hinton and Jimmy Gabriel.

With 39 years of professional playing experience in Europe and the United States, and a combined total of 1,116 first-team appearances, Gabriel and Hinton had plenty to pass on to their pupils when they became managers. Both men are also familiar with northwest soccer from their time as coaches for the Sounders and other Puget Sound teams.

In addition to coaching the Sounders, Gabriel also represented Seattle from the field, as he played 53 games for the Sounders from 1974-79.

Fans on hand for the Friday night event can expect to see former Seattle Sounders stars from the NASL, USL, and MLS. There will also be talents from the indoor game featured by the Tacoma Stars, Seattle Seadogs and others.

Gates will open for the event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 and tickets are $10 for all ages. Kickoff for the Legends Match will be 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the Tacoma Soccer Center entrance on game-day, and will be available online soon at SoundersU23.com. Food and beverages are available for sale inside the facility, including the Far Post Sports Bar, overlooking the field. Fans can get their favorite players’ to sign autographs after the match. Players will stay after the game for a social event at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

The Tacoma Soccer Center is located on 2610 Bay Street, Tacoma, WA 918421. The indoor arena is located just off I-5 exit 135 toward Portland Avenue.

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