Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Paciifc Lutheran University men's soccer team nearly escaped Sunday afternoon's contest against host Colorado College with a tie, but a late goal in the second overtime gave the Tigers a 2-1 win on Stewart Field.
The Tigers (3-0-1) struck early in the first half when Tim Huettel rebounded a blocked shot and put it past the goalie to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 16 minutes in. The Lutes (2-2-1) responded 60 minutes later, as Jaisen Zurfluh took a loose ball off of a free kick and drove it into the back of the net from 12 yards out to tie it up 1-1.
The game entered overtime from there, and went into the second overtime period before the Tigers' Tim Huettel rebounded a shot and passed across the field to find Caden MacKenzie, who scored the winning goal in the 103rd minute to give his team the win. The Tigers used a big advantage in shots (18-9, 6-3 on goal) to earn the victory.
"Today was a really hard day on the second day of two games in a row against a very good, rested team," said Head Coach John Yorke. "I was really proud of our guys and how we fought and scrapped in this game."
All three goalies saw action for the Lutes. Tanner Premo led the way with two saves, while Jack Rose and Cole Weaver each grabbed one. Tiger goalie Theo Hooker started and finished the game while tallying two saves for his team.
"I thought we actually played pretty well and showed a lot of character, and the things we learned from today's game will really help us get ready for the Northwest Conference," said Yorke. "We never like to lose and it's always disappointing when we do, but there were so many positives today that it softens the blow a little bit."
The Lutes return home to host Northwest Christian University at 4 p.m. on Tuesday for the final non-conference game of the season. The Lutes will then be on the road next weekend, facing George Fox University and Pacific University on Saturday and Sunday to open NWC play.