October 13, 2012

Defense On Display, Loggers Battle No. 10 Whitworth To Another Scoreless Draw

TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound men's soccer team duplicated its result for two weeks ago against No. 10 Whitworth as neither defense broke in a 0-0 tie on Saturday. The Loggers (8-2-4, 4-1-3 NWC) and Pirates (9-0-3, 6-0-2 NWC) each allowed just six shots although none of the Pirates shots found their way on goal.

In a game that prompted a postseason atmosphere, both defense stood their ground throughout the match. Both teams found ways to take away chances and keep a clean sheet. The defensive struggle is evident through the fact that there were 32 fouls in the match but only 12 shots.

The best chance of the match for either team came in the 30th minute when Vince McCluskey found the ball at his feet after a corner kick had been deflected in the box. McCluskey fired a shot on goal with the Whitworth keeper on the other post. However, a Whitworth defender was holding the far post and stepped in front of the shot just in front of the line to keep the ball out of the net.

Whitworth also had opportunities inside the box and fired six shots but did not put one on goal. Robby Ubben had two of Whitworth's six shots in the match.

Kyle Novak made a save in the shutout for Whitworth while Chris McDonald was never forced to make a save.

The Loggers will host Whitman tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., looking to avenge a 2-1 overtime loss from two weeks ago.



Ryan Rash
Federal Way, Wash.
Bellarmine Prep

Ryan Rash fought back from an injury in 2010 to rejoin his teammates this year and, once again, contribute to the continued success of the men’s soccer program on and off the field. “Being a Logger is about tradition. Our school's athletic program has a proud history and every day we continue that story.”