TACOMA, Wash. – The lid was removed just over half an hour into the match, and the Puget Sound men's soccer team went on to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran 5-0 in its home-opener on Sunday. The Loggers (1-2) received two goals from Carson Swope and a three-point performance from Sean Ryan to earn their first win of 2013.
"It felt like it was a long time coming for that first goal," said head coach Reece Olney. "We felt like we were doing the right things and if we kept doing them, that eventually the game would be true to us and we'd get the goal we were looking for."
Swope finally gave the Loggers that goal at 30:58 mark of the first half. Nick Campanelli dribbled around a couple defenders inside the 18-yard box and passed it through to Swope, who took one quick swipe and found the back of the net.
Coming into today's match, the Loggers had been shutout through two matches this year. Earlier in the match, the Loggers had some opportunities come up empty as the first goal of the year continued to be evasive.
"We have a mature, veteran group and we may not have one guy that will score 15 or 20 goals for us this season," added Olney. "We definitely have a lot of guys that, given the opportunity, will finish."
After Swope's first goal, it seemed as though the door swung open, and the Loggers went on a scoring rampage. Connor LaFerriere beat the keeper 1-on-1 after Geof Cleveland played him behind the defense in the 37th minute. After halftime, Swope struck again. He as able to get his foot on Sam Zisette's corner kick and push it past the keeper on the near side.
With a 3-0 lead, the Loggers weren't done. Theisen Chang made his Logger debut and needed mere minutes to score his first goal. Sean Ryan played Chang behind the Warriors' back line and he beat the goalie to the far post in the 75th minute for a 4-0 lead. Ryan joined the scoring party just about one minute later when a free kick resulted in a scrum in front of the net and Ryan running on for his first goal.
The Warriors (1-2-2) fired off eight shots to the Loggers' 20 and forced Nate King to make two saves. He combined with Daniel Kirsch for the shutout. Jon Stewart made six saves for the visiting Warriors.
The Loggers will look to continue their scoring streak next Friday when they host Hardin-Simmons at 4 p.m. on East Field.
TACOMA, Wash. – Scoring came from everywhere and the Puget Sound women's soccer team controlled the pace for the entire 90 minutes of a 5-0 win over visiting Warner Pacific. Playing in their only home match of the month, the Loggers (2-1) gave the home crowd quite a show with four different players scoring and the defense stifling any attempt at an attack.
The Loggers were in possession for almost the whole 90 minutes. Whenever the Knights (0-2) did control the ball, the Loggers' back line stiffened up and sent it back into their attacking half. The Knights were unable to get off a shot against the stingy defense, and freshman Lauren Thomas cruised to her first career shutout.
"We have depth in the back this year. We usually don't sub in the back at all, but we had three to four substitutions in the back today," commented head coach Randy Hanson. "Part of the game is possession as well and that helps us defend. We have the ball a little more and that keeps them from scoring. Those two things together – the defending and the possession – helped us but we certainly have more room to grow."
The scoring began 19 minutes into the match. Kyle Beeson and Liz Blonden exchanged the ball a couple times before Blonden fired off a shot from the corner of the 18-yard box and beat the keeper to the far post. The assist was Beeson's first of two for the match.
The Loggers scored again in the 30th minute when a cross from Haley Rosenberg was deflected by a defender but found its way just inside the near post for a 2-0 Logger lead. Lauren Swanson struck a free kick from 25 yards out in the 35th minute that went up and over the wall and past the keeper for a 3-0 Logger lead, which they took into halftime.
Beeson recorded her second assist in the second half when her corner kick in the 70th minute found the left foot of Alex Teesdale. Teesdale promptly redirected the corner just inside the post for another Logger goal.
To cap off the scoring, Annie Prickett played a ball over the top of the defense for Annie Jonsson, who beat the keeper 1-on-1 for her second goal of the year.
The Loggers held an 18-0 shot advantage in the match and put eight of those shots on goal. Cathy Lara made three saves for the Knights, including one well struck, point blank shot that she was able to punch over the bar.
The Loggers open conference play next weekend when they travel across town to take on Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.