Men's soccer continues streak of double-digit wins

Men's soccer continues streak of double-digit wins

The 2017 Puget Sound men's soccer team won at least 10 games for the eighth consecutive season, as the Loggers finished with an overall record of 10-6-1. Puget Sound posted a Northwest Conference record of 8-5-1, including a win over crosstown rival and league champion, Pacific Lutheran.

Even though the Loggers kicked off conference play with a loss, they quickly bounced back with three consecutive wins over Linfield, Whitman, and Whitworth. 

The Loggers also finished the season with three consecutive wins. The latter trio of victories kicked off with two goals by sophomore Luke Murdock in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Linfield. Puget Sound was down 1-0 when Murdock rebounded a shot and netted the equalizer with only 13 seconds remaining in regulation. In the third minute of the second overtime,  Murdock netted his second goal and sealed their victory after finishing a cross by midfielder Benjamin Whitman. The Loggers then defeated second-place Willamette and first-place Pacific Lutheran, both by 1-0 margins. Freshman Sean Hamel and Murdock provided the game-winning goals.

Murdock and senior Ezra Kraus combined for nine goals on the season. Kraus started only 10 games due to injury, but he showed his prowess when he was on the pitch. He had two multi-goal goals, and led the Loggers with three game-winning goals.

Both Puget Sound goalkeepers, junior Wren Norwood and senior Robert Jorgensen, led the Northwest Conference between the posts. Norwood had the highest save percentage in the league at .883, and Jorgensen had the lowest goals-against average at 0.61.

Six Loggers collected All-Northwest Conference honors this season. Senior defenseman Zac Lokay, Kraus, and Murdock were named second All-NWC Second Team. While senior midfielder Benjamin Whitham, junior midfielder Stefan Jensen, and sophomore defenseman Skye Guegan were named All-NWC Honorable Mention.

 

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