by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound Loggers dominated the first 30 minutes on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Whitworth Pirates on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops Whitworth to 3-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers are now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the NWC.
Puget Sound took control of the match early. Dan Schatz intercepted a pass intended for Whitworth goalkeeper Tony Watters and buried a shot to give the Loggers a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. A 20th minute goal from Chet Selis and 32nd minute penalty kick score from Benjamin Whitham extended the Puget Sound lead to 3-0.
Jonah Snyder brought the Pirates back within two goals when he buried a 20-yard free kick in the 33rd minute, but the Loggers led 3-1 entering halftime.
Unfortunately for Whitworth, things didn't get better after the break. The Loggers tacked on another goal, while the Pirates were unable to finish one of their own, leaving the score at 4-1.
The two teams finished tied in shots and shots on goal. Both the Pirates and Loggers finished with eight shots and six shots on goal. Puget Sound ended the match with 14 fouls compared to Whitworth's 13 and four corner kicks to the Pirates' three.
Watters saved two shots in the match while Logger goalkeeper Robert Jorgensen finished with five saves.
Next up, Whitworth returns home to take on Willamette and Linfield. The match against the Bearcats is on Saturday Sept. 30, and the Pirates take on the Wildcats Sunday, Oct. 1. Both matches will start at 2:30 p.m.