TACOMA Wash. – The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team started the year off on the right foot with a 1-0 victory over visiting Northwest Christian on Wednesday. Ryan Rash scored the game's only goal in the waning moments of the first half to push the Loggers (1-0) past the Beacons (1-1).
In the 39th minute, Rash snuck behind the defense after winning a free ball at midfield. He bee-lined toward the goal and got off a shot as the defenders closed in that beat the Beacon goalie to the far right corner. The game-winning goal came in Rash's Logger debut. He is one of 22 freshmen on the roster this year.
The Logger defense proved to be as stingy as its reputation, allowing just five shots from the Beacons and only one on goal. Sophomore Chris McDonald came away with his fifth career shutout.
The win marks the first season-opener that the Loggers have won since 2007 when they opened the season 9-0.
The Loggers outshot the Beacons 8-5 in the opener led by Rash and Carson Swope, who each fired two shots. Swope put both shots on goal but both were saved by the Beacon goalie.
Next up, the Loggers take a three-match swing through Texas this weekend. Their first game is on Fri., Sep. 3 at 7 p.m. against UT-Dallas.