TACOMA, Washington – Ezra Kraus recorded a hattrick, while the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team defeated Pacific, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The Loggers (10-5-2, 7-4-2 NWC) scored early and often in Sunday's match, trying to get some revenge after falling to Pacific (9-6-3, 7-3-3 NWC) in overtime earlier this year. Kraus took a free kick in the 10th minute, and his take found its way through many legs and into the back of the net. Kraus would score again in the 12th minute. Cameron Lorek held the ball at the top of the box, and slid it over to Kraus on the right side of the area. The junior was able to poke the ball near post, and put the home team up 2-0.
The Boxers would get one goal back in the 40th minute, when Woodey Greer closed the score to 2-1 going into halftime. However, the Loggers would add a penalty kick goal by Zac Lokay in the 61st minute, and a third goal by Kraus in the 62nd minute to maintain control of the game.
Puget Sound outshot Pacific, 20-8, while also taking more corner kicks (6-3). Josh Sonico led the Loggers with seven shots, while Kraus had five and Lorek recorded four shots. Goalkeeper Jacob Palmer (5-3-2) played 80 minutes, making two saves. Robert Jorgensen played the final 10 minutes between the posts.
Ezra Kraus has now tallied 11 goals on the season. He is Puget Sound's first double digit goal scorer since 2013, when Carson Swope had 14.
Puget Sound's final match of the regular season will be on Saturday, November 5. The Loggers will host Pacific Lutheran at 1:30 p.m., with the match serving as Senior Day.
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