TACOMA, Wash. – A pair of second half goals came just minutes apart to give the Puget Sound men's soccer team a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Pacific in their Northwest Conference opener on Saturday. Landon Gauthier scored both goals for the Loggers (4-1-1, 1-0-0 NWC) for their fourth straight win.
The Boxers (2-4-0, 0-1-0 NWC) were the first on the board when Mark Watson played a ball behind the Logger defense in the 16th minute. Nick Rudella ran on and was able to push it past the keeper and into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Although Pacific took the 1-0 lead early, the Loggers controlled much of the match. The Loggers earned an 8-3 shot advantage in the first half and a 16-7 shot advantage overall. They also put nine shots on goal compared to the Boxers four.
Just after halftime in the 48th minute, the Loggers earned a penalty kick, which Gauthier drove home knot the match at 1-1. About five minutes later in the 53rd minute, Sean Ryan's cross found the swinging foot of Gauthier who promptly gave the Loggers a 2-1 lead.
Chris McDonald made three saves, all in the second half, to help the Loggers hold on to the comeback win. Michael Summers made seven saves in goal for the Boxers.
The Loggers continue their NWC slate tomorrow when they host George Fox at 2:30 p.m. in Baker Stadium.