TACOMA, Wash. – An early deficit proved to be too big as the Puget Sound men's soccer team fell 2-1 to Willamette on Sunday. The Loggers (9-3-5, 5-2-4 NWC) made a push in the final 15 minutes and scored one goal late, but couldn't find the equalizer.
The Bearcats (8-7-1, 5-5-1 NWC) struck first in the 25th minute. Yazan Hishmeh finished inside the six-yard box on a cross from Austin Jacobson to give the Bearcats the 1-0 lead. In the 53rd minute, Trevor Jensen padded the lead to 2-0 when he settled a deflected ball in the box and finished to the lower left corner.
Down 2-0, the Loggers began a heavy push in the final 15 minutes and played most of the game in Willamette's half. The push finally paid off in the 82nd minute when a free kick went through the keeper's hands and was kicked around just outside the line. Vince McCluskey finally was able to tap a shot into the net to cut the lead in half.
The Loggers continued to push forward but any late shot attempts were turned away by the Bearcats defense as they held on for the win.
The Loggers return to the road next week, starting with a 2:30 p.m. match at George Fox.