Men's soccer aims to shift direction in Oregon

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's soccer team heads to Oregon for Northwest Conference games at George Fox and Pacific this weekend.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at George Fox
 WHEN   Saturday, Oct. 13 | 12 p.m. 
 WHERE   Newberg, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Pacific
 WHEN   Sunday, Oct. 14 | 12 p.m. 
 WHERE   Forest Grove, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

Looking for luck

The Loggers are 1-2-2 in their last five games, and many of the close games have not unfolder in Puget Sound's favor. Both of the losses during the stretch were decided by one goal,  and the two ties were the first of the season for Puget Sound.

 

Among scoring leaders          

Luke Murdock as the second-highest scoring total in the NWC with six goals, and Cale Spence has four. Murdock ranks fourth in the conference for total points (15), while Spence ranks sixth (10), and Dane Schatz is tied for seventh (9).

 

Making most of opportunities

Despite recent results, the Loggers have been making the most of their offensive looks this season. Puget Sound's .168 shot percentage ranks second in the Northwest Conference.

 

Recently familiar foes

Puget Sound hosted George Fox and Pacific two weeks ago on East Field during Homecoming Weekend. After reaching a scoreless tie against Pacific (Sept. 29), the Loggers beat George Fox, 2-0 (Sept. 30). Luke Murdock and Cale Spence both scored in Puget Sound's victory.

 

Scouting George Fox (2-8-1, 1-5-1 NWC)

The Bruins were winless in nine consecutive games before beating Pacific, 2-0, Oct. 7. George Fox's 2.37 goals-against average is the highest in the NWC, and its 1.00 goals-per-game average is the second-lowest in the conference. Moises Manon is the team's leading scorer with three goals.

 

Scouting Pacific (1-7-3, 0-5-2 NWC)

The last-place Boxers' only win this season was a Sept. 7 matchup against Wisconsin-Lutheran, 3-0. Pacific has scored the fewest goals (7) in the NWC, and its 20 goals allowed is the most after George Fox's 27. Robert Nurmi has scored four times this season.