TACOMA, Wash. – A pair of first half goals lifted the Puget Sound men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Linfield on Saturday at Peyton Field. Andrew White's goal just before the halftime buzzer ended up being the difference in the game.
After Linfield (1-3-1, 0-1) dominated possession in the early minutes, the Loggers (4-1-2, 1-0) got an opportunity to take the lead when Linfield was called for a handball in the goalie box. Landon Gauthier took the penalty kick and converted for the second time in as many tries this season to give the Loggers the early 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Momentum swung a bit the Loggers way although they were outshot 9-4 in the first half. Chris McDonald came up with three of his four saves in the opening half.
With time winding down in the first half, a throw-in put a bouncing ball into the goalie box with both teams scrambling to gain possession. Just before the horn sounded for the half, the ball settled at White's feet and he promptly pushed it into the net to give the Loggers a 2-0 lead going into the locker room.
The Loggers gained all the momentum going into the locker room and fired nine shots in the second half although none found the back of the net. The Wildcats closed the gap with a goal in the 80th minute but could not find the equalizer.
The Loggers head back to the pitch tomorrow for a NWC matchup with Willamette.