Rice Nets Game Winner As Loggers Stop 'Cats, 2-1, in OT
TACOMA, Wash. - After a shot by Chris Shaw (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho/Coeur d'Alene Charter) bounced off the right post, sophomore Sean Rice (Boulder, Colo.) gathered the ball and fired it into an empty net as the Puget Sound Loggers beat the Linfield Wildcats, 2-1, in overtime in a Northwest Conference men's soccer match on Sunday afternoon on Peyton Field at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.
After a scoreless first half, the Loggers (8-7-2, 5-4-2 NWC) got on the board first in the 77th minute when Kyle Benson (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak) got a pass over to Derek Woodworth (Taocma, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), who dribbled around one defender and fired the ball past a diving Jon Thompson for the 1-0 Logger advantage. Just when it looked like the Loggers would pick up the win, the Wildcats evened it up in the 89th minute when Travis Isaacs fed the ball in to Michel Camacho, who finished from about 15 yards out to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the teams battled in the middle third of the field for the opening minutes but the Loggers got a breakaway from about 30 yards out. Thompson tried to cut off the angle on Shaw, whose shot nicked the right post, but Rice was there to collect the rebound and put the ball in from point-blank for the game-winner.
Freshman Chris McDonald (Newton, Mass./Noble & Greenough) was solid in net for Puget Sound, making five saves on 11 Linfield shots and allowing just the one goal. Thompson made four saves for Linfield, allowing the two Puget Sound goals.
The Loggers will remain home next week as they play host to George Fox on Saturday and Pacific on Sunday. Gametimes for both games are set for 1:30 p.m. in Tacoma, Wash.