Loggers Complete Undefeated Season at Home

Loggers Complete Undefeated Season at Home

 TACOMA, Wash. – With a pair of second half goals, the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team ended its season on a high note. The Loggers (10-5-5, 7-4-3) defeated Pacific Lutheran 2-1 on Saturday.
 
The victory, the Loggers' 10th this year, surpassed the win total from 2009 both overall and in conference. The Loggers also finished with a 7-0-3 record at home this year.
 
"We had a preseason goal for this young team to go undefeated at home," said head coach Reece Olney. "We have outstanding support from the sideline and we have established an immense amount of pride to compete at home and find success at the end of the day."
 
After surrendering a first half goal to the Lutes' (10-8-1, 9-5) Surafel Wodajo, the Loggers fought back to tie the game up in the 52nd minute. Kyle Benson (the lone senior on this year's roster) crossed a ball all the way through the box to an oncoming Terence Blackburn. Blackburn slid in to bury the ball into the net and tie the game at 1-1.
 
With the momentum on their side, the Loggers capitalized again at the 66:57 mark to the lead. Once again, the ball was crossed into the box but did not get through cleanly this time. However, Dylan Lomanto came away with possession and buried the game-winner to give the Loggers a 2-1 lead.
 
"We've grown an amazing amount as a team," added Olney. "Typically we started five or six freshmen every game and by the end of the season it didn't even feel like we were playing with freshman. It felt like we were playing with a unified team that had a passion, a vision and a tactical sense and awareness."
 
Both teams continued to battle over with final 23 minutes but neither team could find the back of the net as the rain started to fall on East Field. In the match, the Loggers outshot the Lutes 11-8 although it was the Lutes that got on the board first.
 
NWC scoring-leader Chad Kearns' shot bounced off the crossbar and back down into the turf. Wodajo ran on to bury the rebound for an early Lute lead.
 
Both Chris McDonald and Joe Rayburn made a pair of saves in the match to keep the score tight. Both of Rayburn's saves came in the first half while McDonald made one in each half.
 
The young Logger team will undoubtedly take the field next fall with higher expectations as Benson will be the only Loggers to depart.