Men's soccer season finale set for Parkland

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – The 2018 Puget Sound men's soccer season finale is against a familiar foe when the Loggers take on Pacific Lutheran in Parkland Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Pacific Lutheran 
 WHEN   Saturday, Nov. 3 | 1:30 p.m.  
 WHERE   Parkland, Wash. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

Leading scorer

Luke Murdock is the Northwest Conference's leading scorer with 10 goals this season. He also leads the NWC in in points with 23. He's the first Logger to reach double-digit goals in a season since Carson Swope had 14 goals in the 2013 season.

 

Unbeaten streak

The Loggers are unbeaten in their last six games, posting a 4-0-2 record during that stretch. Puget Sound has scored 15 goals in its last six games.

 

Offensive beasts

Puget Sound leads the NWC in goals per game (2.29). Four Loggers rank in the NWC's top 10 for scoring. Luke Murdock leads the league with 10 goals, and Cale Spence is tied for sixth with six scores, Dane Schatz is tied for eighth with five goals, and Gabriel Faro-White is tied for 10th with four goals.

 

The first time around

Puget Sound lost the season's first game against Pacific Lutheran, 4-3, on Peyton Field (Oct. 5). The Loggers had a 3-1 lead at halftime, but PLU scored three unanswered goals in the second half. Gabriel Faro-White, Cale Spence, and Luke Murdock scored for the Loggers.

 

Sound spoilers

Puget Sound has the chance to knock Pacific Lutheran out of first place and dash the Lutes' hopes of clinching a conference title. PLU is three points ahead of third-place Whitman, and two points ahead of second-place Willamette.

 

Scouting Pacific Lutheran (13-4-2, 9-2-2 NWC)

The Lutes enter this weekend unbeaten in their last nine games. PLU's last loss was at Whitworth, 3-0, Sept. 23. Joe Sammartino is the NWC's second-leading scorer with nine goals and 22 points. The Lutes and Loggers are tied for the most goals in the NWC (39).