TACOMA, Washington – Two early goals and one late goal from three different Loggers propelled the Puget Sound men's soccer team past Whitman on Saturday afternoon.
Sean Ryan started the scoring for the Loggers in the 11th minute with his sixth goal of the year. Ryan fired a shot into the net from several yards outside the 18-yard box on a pass from Connor LaFerriere. Three minute later, Nick Campanelli finished on a free kick cross from Landon Gauthier to give the Loggers a 2-0 lead. With less than ten minutes left in the match, Sam Zisette gave Puget Sound its third goal of the afternoon. Andrew White assisted on Zisette's first goal of the season.
"I'm really pleased with the result today," said Head Coach Reece Olney. "Our attack continues to be good. We scored three goals again and had other great opportunities, including two balls that nearly rolled into the goal but were saved off the line by field players."
Puget Sound (7-3-1, 4-1 NWC) started the game by taking one shot and receiving three corner kicks. In the 11th minute, Ryan found the back of the net from about 20 yards out on a pass from LaFerriere to give the Loggers the 1-0 lead over Whitman (5-5, 2-3 NWC). In the 14th minute, Campanelli scored on a free kick cross from Gauthier. The Loggers took three more shots in the half including a ball from White that was cleared off the goal line. Puget Sound ended the first half with a 2-0 lead over the Missionaries.
In the second half, the goalkeepers of both teams were tested. Whitman goalie, Stuart Ellsworth, made five saves in the half while Puget Sound goalie, Nathan King, came up with four. In the 56th minute, Pablo Alguindigue nearly netted a goal but it was cleared off the goal line. The Missionaries got on the board in the 80th minute with a shot to the upper right corner of the goal. One minute later, Puget Sound scored again. Zisette finished on a pass from White to secure the 3-1 win for the Loggers.
Despite the score, the Missionaries outshot the Loggers (16-13). However, the Loggers had more corner kicks (14-3) and did not commit a foul in the second half. Each team picked up one yellow card in the match. Puget Sound goalkeeper, King, made five saves in the game.
Puget Sound travels to play Whitworth tomorrow Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 pm.
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