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PLU Men's Soccer Comes Up Short in Finale

Brenden Cohen (3)
Brenden Cohen (3)

TACOMA - After a scoreless first half, Puget Sound scored a pair of second half goals in a seven-minute time frame to beat Pacific Lutheran, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference men's soccer match played Saturday at East Field on the UPS campus.

The match marked the season finale for both teams, which ended up in a two-way tie for second place in the conference standings with 28 points, four points behind winner Whitworth. PLU ended the season 10-7-2 overall and 9-4-1 in the conference, while Puget Sound finished 12-3-5 overall and 8-2-4 in the NWC.

Each team had seven shots and one save in the first half, and both came dangerously close to scoring. Andrew White hit the post in the 14th minute for the hosts and senior midfielder Shane Gutierrez hit the crossbar about 20 minutes in for the Lutes.

Puget Sound had the run of play in the final 45 minutes with a 10-2 shot advantage.

In the first 10 minutes of the final half the Loggers forced two saves from PLU keeper Joe Rayburn and also saw one of their shots cleared off the line by the Lutes defense. Less than a minute after that clearance, Puget Sound got on the board in the 57th minute when Chris Shaw converted her fourth goal of the season with the assists going to White and Carson Swope. White got the second goal in the 62nd minute, finishing from Kyle Petersson's assist.

Rayburn was forced to make four of his five saves in the second half, while UPS keeper Chris McDonald was called on to make just two saves.

The Loggers took eight corner kicks compared to six for the Lutes.

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