October 14, 2012

Goals Continue To Evade In Another Scoreless Draw

TACOMA, Wash. – Defense shined once again on a gloomy, rainy day in Tacoma, Wash. as the Puget Sound men's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw with Whitman. Goalkeeper Chris McDonald was challenged much more in today's draw as he made six saves for his ninth shutout of the year.

The Loggers (8-2-5, 4-1-4 NWC) battled to their second consecutive scoreless draw in as many days. The Loggers have now tied each of their last four NWC contests with three coming in scoreless fashion.

Unlike yesterday's draw with Whitworth where shots were hard to come by, the Loggers and Missionaries (7-7-3, 2-4-2 NWC) combined for 43 shots. However, none were able to find a way past either keeper. McDonald made six saves while Michael Bathurst made five for Whitman.

The Loggers appeared to have a goal coming in regulation as they dominated the shot count 19-9. However, Whitman found the rhythm in the extra periods with 13-2 shot advantage in the extra 20 minutes. McDonald was forced to make four of his six saves in the second overtime to preserve the shutout.

His first save of the second OT proved to be the most dangerous chance as Jose Beleche looked to float one in just under the crossbar. McDonald stretched to the sky and was just able to tip it over the bar for a corner kick.

Bathurst was equal to the task in the first 90 minutes, making all five of his saves in regulation.

The Loggers are back home next week to host Linfield on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. McDonald is just one shutout away from tying the Logger record for shutouts in a career.