Lokay nets goal as men's soccer ties with Whitman

Lokay nets goal as men's soccer ties with Whitman

TACOMA, Washington – For the second consecutive match, the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team played 110 minutes, and finished in a tie. On Sunday afternoon it was a 1-1 game against Whitman, with Zac Lokay scoring for the Loggers.

With the Loggers (4-2-2, 1-1-2 NWC) coming off a double overtime draw the day before, Whitman (6-3-1, 2-1-1 NWC) appeared to be on the front foot in the first half. The visitors outshot Puget Sound 6-4 in the first half, including a rocket off the foot of Ben Freedman in the 43rd minute, which put Whitman ahead 1-0.

Puget Sound came back in the second half, showing more fight, and outshooting Whitman 7-5 in the period. In the 88th minute, Cameron Lorek ran the ball down the right flank. He put the ball in front of the net from the endline, where Zac Lokay was waiting. The junior met the ball at the near post, and slotted it just under the Whitman goalkeeper's arms to tie the game, 1-1. It was the defender's second goal of the year.

With the score tied at the end of 90 minutes, the two teams went to extra time. Each team had a good chance to win the game. In the first overtime period, Eric Conte put a shot barely wide of the post. In the waning seconds of the second overtime period, Lorek carried the ball down the field, and put his shot just wide as time expired.

Whitman outshot Puget Sound 16-14, and also took more corner kicks (7-6). Cameron Lorek led the Loggers with four shots. Goalkeeper Jacob Palmer (0-0-2) played all 110 minutes, making eight saves.

The Loggers have now played in four overtime matches this year, with a 1-1-2 record.

Puget Sound's next match will be Saturday, October 1, when the team travels to Willamette. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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