by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound Loggers scored twice in the first three minutes to defeat the Whitworth Pirates 4-1 in Sunday afternoon's Northwest Conference men's soccer contest.
The loss was the Pirates' (4-10-3, 3-6-2 NWC) second straight after showing encouraging signs in a tie with Northwest Conference-leading Willamette. The Loggers moved to 6-5-4 overall and 4-3-4 in the Northwest Conference with the win.
Puget Sound scored the first goal of the match in the second minute. Luke Murdock converted a penalty kick after Azzam Azzam was given a yellow card to put the Loggers up one.
Puget Sound's second score came on an own goal in the third minute. A cross from Sean Hamel inadvertently bounced off a Pirate and into the goal, giving the Loggers a 2-0 lead.
Despite being down 2-0 early on, the Pirates refused to give up. Zanskar Blair put two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of the match. Ethan Kem and Christian Haas followed with on-target attempts, but no Pirate could get a shot past Puget Sound goalkeeper Wren Norwood in the first half.
The Loggers put the match away with two goals in the second half. Their third goal came when Cale Spence knocked in Angel Hererra-Butler's corner kick. Dane Schatz scored the Loggers fourth goal in the 79th minute.
Whitworth scored its lone goal in the 73rd minute. After a Logger foul in the penalty area, Chase Reidt stepped to the spot and buried a penalty kick to cut the deficit to 3-1. A comeback was not in the cards for the Pirates, however, as Schatz scored six minutes after Reidt and the Bucs were unable to put another goal past Norwood.
Puget Sound finished the match with leads in shots (17-12) and corner kicks (10-4). Whitworth maintained a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal. The Bucs earned three yellow cards, one each for Azzam, Reidt and Luke Denke. Jesus Nunez saved four shots.
The Pirates will look to bounce back at home when they take on Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, Oct. 27.