LUTES FALL IN SECOND HALF
Having gone into halftime tied, Pacific Lutheran surrendered 20 unanswered points in the second half and fell to 11th-ranked Cal Lutheran 37-23 at home on Sept. 8, in the season opener for both teams. Cal Lutheran took a 14-0 lead on a 36-yard interception return by Vincent Minor late in the first quarter, but the Lutes came storming back. Brandon James scored on a four-yard run, and sophomore quarterback Dalton Richey later added a one-yard plunge to tie it. Nick Kaylor later gave the Lutes a 17-14 lead with a 25-yard field goal, but the Kingsmen tied it with a field goal on the last play of the first half. But Cal Lutheran rattled off three straight scores in the second half, as quarterback Kevin Ramay started with a 15-yard touchdown run and added two touchdown passes to give the Kingsmen a commanding 37-17 lead. Cody Pohren scored on a two-yard run in the fourth for the Lutes to provide the final margin. Richey, making his first collegiate start, finished 22-for-43 for 337 yards and two interceptions, and Kyle Warner had six catches for 152 yards while Kellen Westering added seven catches for 111 yards. Jonny Volland led the Lutes’ defensive effort with a team-high seven tackles and two interceptions, while Greg Hibbard also had seven tackles and Ben Kaestner had three tackles for loss, including a sack and a forced fumble. The Lutes return to action as they travel to California to face the University of Redlands on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
LOGGERS FALL TO CHAPMAN
Despite a monster performance by preseason All-American wide receiver Adam Kniffin, Puget Sound fell 55-35 at Chapman on Sept. 8 to drop to 0-2 on the year. Kniffin hauled in 12 passes for a school record 272 yards and four touchdowns, as the senior now owns eight of the schools nine records in the receiving category in his career.
Chapman started quickly, as Austin Maranville returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Kean Stancil passed for two first quarter touchdowns to help build a 28-0 lead. But Kniffin caught touchdown passes of 25 and 80 yards in the second quarter, and added a 31-yard score in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 42-21. Thiesen Chang added a 38-yard touchdown catch later in the third to cut it to 45-29, but Chapman proved to be too much as they hung up 615 yards of offense on Puget Sound. Kniffin finished off his brilliant performance with a 15-yard touchdown catch in the fourth from Braden Foley, who finished 31-for-55 for a career-high 480 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Freshman defensive back Matt Gilbert led the Loggers with a game high 10 tackles. The Loggers have a bye this weekend before playing in their home opener against Whittier at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22.
TCC DROPS YAKIMA VALLEY
The Tacoma Community College women’s soccer team overcame a first-half deficit to earn a 6-3 win over Yakima Valley on Sept. 8, as freshman Lincoln High grad Alex Zuniga put up a hat trick to lead the way. Laura Deaton got the Titans started with a goal in the 5th minute, and Zuniga followed with the first of her three goals in the 9th minute for a 2-0 lead. But the Yaks took the lead quickly later in the first half, as Elizabeth Figueroa scored in the 30th minute and Stephaine Zamudio added goals in the 31st and 32nd minute to give Yakima Valley a 3-2 lead. But Zuniga answered back in tying the game with a goal in the 42nd minute, and retook the lead for the Titans with another strike in the 65th minute. Fellow Lincoln grad Erica Mosley salted the game away for TCC with goals in the 69th and 80th minute. The Titans improved to 2-1 on the young season, and will host Columbia Basin on Sept. 15 at noon before travelling to division foe Lower Columbia on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.
LOGGER MEN GET NARROW WINS
The Puget Sound men’s soccer team scored two trim victories last weekend to improve to 3-1-1 on the year as they prepare to begin conference play. The Loggers beat Trinity Lutheran 1-0 at home on Sept. 8, as Sean Ryan’s goal in the sixth minute proved to be all they needed. Ryan scored on a header after a beautiful cross by forward Oliver Field. The Loggers held a 13-9 shot advantage in the match, and keeper Chris McDonald was only forced to make one save. Puget Sound then notched another 1-0 win over Colorado College the following day, getting a goal in the 61st minute when Chris Shaw’s bouncing pass found the foot of Andrew White, who tapped it in. McDonald came up big once again, recording four saves to pick up his third shutout of the young season while also moving into a tie for third all-time on the Loggers’ career shutout list. The Loggers beginning Northwest Conference play by hosting Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. before hosting George Fox on Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
LOGGERS COMPETE WITH ELITE
The Puget Sound volleyball team, who came into last week ranked 16th in the nation in Division III, competed with some of the best teams in the nation in the Juniata College Asics Invitational on Sept. 7-8, coming away with a win and two close losses. The Loggers fell 20-25, 21-25, 23-25 to top-ranked Christopher Newport in their tournament opener on Sept. 7, as junior Jackie Harvey led the way with 14 kills and 14 digs. Junior Marissa Florant had eight kills and 14 digs and junior Jenni Brehove added 29 assists and 12 digs for the Loggers. Puget Sound bounced back to top ninth-ranked Juniata 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24 on Sept. 8, as Florant notched a match-high 15 kills and 19 assists. Brehove had a match-high 38 assists, while Kristin Best added 10 kills, Christina Chun had 15 digs and the Loggers blocked 11 shots as a team to limit Juniata to a .123 hitting percentage. The Loggers fell to fifth-ranked Wittenberg 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 18-25 later in the day, as Harvey tallied 15 kills and 16 digs to help keep Puget Sound in the match. Brehove had 44 assists, Chun added 19 digs and Florant had 10 kills and nine digs, but Wittenberg had a .231 hitting percentage while holding the Loggers to a .169 clip. The Loggers open up conference play at home when they take on Whitman on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and host Whitworth on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.
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