TACOMA, Washington – The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team defeated Linfield 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Peyton Field.
The Loggers (7-4, 5-1 NWC) took an early lead in the fifth minute. Sam Zisette whipped in a corner kick to the near post where Kenechi Agha was waiting to head the ball into the back of the net. After the frenetic first five minutes, both teams settled into the game, playing out the rest of the half without any more goals.
Linfield (6-6, 2-4 NWC) seemed to take the momentum coming out of the locker room. The Wildcats had the better chances for the first five minutes, and Jake Smith evened the score at 1-1 in the 50th minute.
Puget Sound took back the advantage in the 64th minute. Zisette would once again provide a ball in front of the net, this time via a cross in open play. Cameron Lorek found the ball with his head, beating the keeper and giving the home team a 2-1 lead. Ten minutes later, the Loggers would add to their cushion. After Ari Taublieb was taken down along the right flank, Nolan Haver pounded his free kick into the upper far corner of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance at saving the shot. The goal was the first of the season for Haver.
Puget Sound outshot Linfield (15-12) and also took more corner kicks (9-2). Agha led the squad with three shots, while goalkeeper Daniel Kirsch (7-3) earned the victory, making two saves.
Puget Sound next hosts cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, October 10. The game is set to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. at East Field.
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