TACOMA, Wash. – For the second straight game, the Linfield men’s soccer team failed to light up the scoreboard, getting blanked by Puget Sound 3-0 Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.
With the win, the Loggers remain undefeated in the Northwest Conference at 2-0 and improve to 3-2 overall. The Wildcats, meanwhile, slip to 0-2 in league action and 1-4 overall.
Early on, it looked to be a quiet game offensively. The clubs combined for 12 shots in the first period, but the score was knotted at 0-0 at halftime.
That all changed in the second stanza, at least for the Loggers. First to score was Peter Russell, who bent a corner kick into the near post in the 54th minute to put the home team up 1-0.
Nine minutes later, Matthew Durland and Vincent McCluskey connected for a second score, and Colin McIntoch capped off the scoring in the 80th minute when he converted a penalty kick.
Between goals, shots and corner kicks, Puget Sound won every battle. In addition to outscoring the Wildcats 3-0, the Loggers also outshot their opponents 17-7 and earned six corner kicks to Linfield’s one.
Greg Sander made six saves, including five in the first half, but picked up the loss. Logger goalkeeper Chris McDonald made one save to earn the win.
Offensively, Danny Snelgrow (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii) had two shots and five other Wildcats had one each. Michael Swain (Jr., Clackamas, Ore) had the only on-target shot of the afternoon.
COMING UP: The ‘Cats host their first Northwest Conference opponent Saturday when the George Fox Bruins come to town for a 2:30 p.m. match.
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