ST. PETER, Minn. – An early goal proved to be enough for the Puget Sound men's soccer team as it defeated UC Santa Cruz 1-0 on Monday. Chris McDonald needed just one save to complete the shutout.
"Today was an extremely important game for us to step and show our character after such an extremely disappointing result yesterday," said head coach Reece Olney. "The team is excited about coming home and playing in front of our fans."
Both teams generated chances in the first 15 minutes, but it was the Loggers (1-1-1) who found the back of net to secure their first win of the season. Chris Shaw scored his second goal of the season at the 14:44 mark on an assist from Sam Zisette for the match's only goal.
Zisette was terrorizing the Banana Slugs (1-2) defense throughout the early stages of the match as he hit the post three minutes in and fired another shot wide right three minutes later.
Aaron Surrey put the Slugs only shot on goal in the 13th minute but McDonald was equal to the task for the Loggers as he come up with the save.
After the early goal, neither team was able to put a shot on frame although the Slugs outshot the Logger 9-4 in the match and 5-1 in the second half. The Loggers did not concede a corner to the Slugs while earning three in the match.
The Loggers return home next weekend to host Trinity Lutheran on Saturday and Colorado College on Sunday. Both matches are at 11:30 a.m. with George Fox also playing a neutral site match after the Loggers on both days.