SPOKANE, Wash. – To no one's surprise the two best defensive men's soccer teams in the Northwest Conference played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday at the Whitworth Soccer Field.
Whitworth, ranked 11th, is now 8-0-2 overall and 5-0-1 (16 points) in the NWC. Puget Sound, ranked 21st, is now 7-2-2, 4-1-1 (13 points).
Both teams struggled to find quality shots against the opponents' defenses. The Pirates end the day with a team goals-against average of 0.29, while the visiting Loggers' team GAA is 0.69.
Whitworth had two good opportunities to score in the second half. With about 18 minutes to play Kekoa Mountcastle worked his way deep into the UPS defense. After getting knocked to the ground he got up and found the ball at his feet. His shot missed outside the left post by inches.
Late in the half Robby Ubben had a shot from a right-side angle that also just missed outside the left post.
Puget Sound had an offensive flurry with six minutes left that included three shots and two corner kicks, but none of the shot attempts were on-goal.
Whitworth finished with shot advantage of 12-7, including a 3-1 edge in shots on-goal. Chris McDonald made three saves for UPS, while Kyle Novak only had to make one save for the Bucs.
Whitworth will host Whitman next Saturday at 3:00 p.m.