Floodgates open in second half, Loggers take down Wildcats 5-2

Floodgates open in second half, Loggers take down Wildcats 5-2

TACOMA, Washington – Four different Loggers scored, as the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team defeated Linfield, 5-2, on a stormy Saturday afternoon. The game was the second meeting of the two teams in three games.

On a day in which forecasted high winds forced a change in the kick off time, the rain came down throughout the 90 minutes, and both teams were forced to play on a soggy pitch. The Loggers took the lead in the 32nd minute. Josh Sonico beat his defender in the left corner of the box, and crossed the ball across the face of the goal. Dane Schatz was waiting to slot home his first goal of the season.

Linfield equalized the game in the 41st minute, when Andrew Fischer took a shot which deflected off a defender, and past goalkeeper Jacob Palmer, into the net. However, the Loggers did not wait long in the second half to take the lead back. In the 48th minute, Ezra Kraus rocketed a shot from just outside the box into the upper 90, giving Puget Sound a 2-1 lead.

The Loggers added two goals in the 68th and 76th minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Both goals were scored by Cameron Lorek. The Wildcats got one goal back in the 80th minute by the team's leading scorer Brian DeGrandmont. Luke Murdock scored for Puget Sound in the 85th minute, to push the final score to 5-2.  

Linfield outshot Puget Sound, 12-7, and also took more corner kicks (6-4). Lorek had two shots to lead the Loggers. Goalkeeper Jacob Palmer (3-1-2) played all 90 minutes, making three saves, and allowing two goals.

The five goals scored was the most for the Loggers since the first game of the season, a 7-0 victory over NAIA Pacific Union.  

Puget Sound's next match will be Sunday, October 16, when the team hosts Willamette. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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