Lutes End Long Winless Drought at UPS
TACOMA - You would have to go all the way back to 1991 to find the last time that a Pacific Lutheran men's soccer team defeated Puget Sound in a match at the Loggers' home field, but that string of 15 straight losses or ties came to an end.
With four different players contributing goals, the Lutes defeated the host Loggers, 4-1, in a Northwest Conference match played Sunday afternoon on Peyton Field at Baker Stadium.
The Lutes scored first in the 19th minute when Spencer Augustin got control of a ball just inside the top of the box and shot over the outstretched hands of Loggers keeper Greg Saetrum.
In the 59th minute, the Lutes added to their 1-0 lead when Chad Kearns scored his sixth goal of the season. The play started down the right wing where Augustin pulled a pass back to Alex Schisel, whose cross found Kearn at the back post. Kearns' left-footed shot beat Saetrum, putting the Lutes on top, 2-0.
In the 64th minute, the Loggers pulled to within a goal when Sean Rice scored his second goal of the season after dribbling around PLU keeper Brian Kostol and finishing into the open net.
Daniele Zaccagnini made it 3-1 on a quick PLU counter initiated by Surafel Wodajo. His pass to Jason Bjorgo was knocked down, but Zaccagnini ran onto the loose ball and slid a left-footed shot underneath the UPS keeper and into the net in the 76th minute for his fifth goal this season.
Another PLU counter attack resulted in the fourth goal. With most of the Loggers defenders forward for a free kick, defender Scott Parsons won a header. The ball went quickly forward to Wodajo, who juked one defender before finding Andy Hyres alone about 15 yards in front of the net for his third goal of the season.
Pacific Lutheran nearly doubled the Loggers in shots with a 15-8 advantage, and the Lutes also put seven shots on frame compared to just two for the hosts. The Loggers held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
PLU returns to action next weekend with conference road matches at Whitworth and Whitman.
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