Men's soccer heads to Oregon to take on Willamette, Linfield

Men's soccer heads to Oregon to take on Willamette, Linfield

TACOMA, Washington – Unbeaten in its last four games, the Puget Sound men's soccer team heads to Oregon this weekend for Northwest Conference matches at Willamette and Linfield.

 WHO   Puget Sound at Willamette
 WHEN   Saturday, Oct. 27 | 12 p.m. 
 WHERE   Salem, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Linfield
 WHEN   Sunday, Oct. 28 | 12 p.m. 
 WHERE   McMinnville, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

Inside the last four

Puget Sound is 2-0-2 in its last for games, which are split evenly between home and road matches. The wins are against Whitworth and Pacific, and the ties came against George Fox and Pacific.

 

NWC nod

Senior goalkeeper Wren Norwood was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for defense earlier this week. He totaled 16 saves during Senior Weekend, including six in a 1-1 tie against Whitman, and eight in a 4-1 win over Whitworth.

 

Spreading the wealth

The Loggers have scored 13 goals by seven different student-athletes in their last five games. Luke Murdock, Cale Spence, Gabriel Faro-White, Sean Hamel, and Dane Schatz have each scored two goals during that stretch. Sam Gonzalez and Angel Herrera-Flores have also found the back of the net in the past five games.

 

Offensive points

Puget Sound is tied with Willamette and Pacific Lutheran for the most points (94) in the NWC. The Loggers have 34 goals and 26 assists, while PLU has 35 goals and 24 assists. Willamette has 32 goals and 30 assists this season.

 

Most even

Puget Sound has the most NWC ties this season, as the Loggers have drawn even four times against league opponents. Puget Sound enters the weekend in fourth place (16 points) in the NWC, as Willamette sits in first (26 points) and is followed by Pacific Lutheran (25 points) and Whitman (20 points). Click HERE for NWC standings.

 

Race for points leader

Luke Murdock is tied for the second-most points in the NWC with 17 (seven goals, three assists). Willamette's Max Berner-Hays leads the NWC with 20 points.

 

Hamel to help

Sean Hamel leads the NWC in assists with eight this season. Last week he was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for offense. Hamel also has three goals to his credit.

 

Scouting Willamette (11-2-3, 8-1-2 NWC)

The first-place Bearcats had won nine consecutive games before hitting a bit of a struggle in its last three games. Willamette has tied both Whitworth and George Fox, and lost to Pacific, in its three most recent contests. Max Berner-Hays leads the NWC with 20 points, and Mason Kelliher has a conference-best 0.60 GAA.  

 

Scouting Linfield (5-7-3, 3-5-3 NWC)

The Wildcats had alternated wins and losses for six consecutive games before reaching a 2-2 tie against Pacific in their most recent contest. Cameron Perron has the second-best save percentage (.796) in the NWC. Puget Sound beat Linfield, 4-3, at home earlier this season (Sept. 15). Lincoln Schell scored two goals in that game.