Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team made the most of its home opener, besting California Institute of Technology to the tune of a 4-0 shutout in a non-conference clash at East Field. Three early goals all but clinched the victory for the Lutes, who wrapped up their first weekend of the season by displaying their early improvement.
The Lutes' (1-2) first goal came courtesy of Jackson Moore, who scored off of a pass from Rio Alcorta in the sixth minute. Just over three minutes later, Eddie Na notched his second goal of the season thanks to a pass from Bennett Bugbee to push the lead to 2-0. Not even three more minutes went by before Na scored again. This time, Na took a pass from Chris Trussel and put it into the back of the net to give the Lutes a 3-0 lead.
The Lutes took that lead into the half and added to it shortly after the break, as Jaisen Zurfluh scored his second goal as a Lute thanks to an assist from Elijah James Hurt, to put the Lutes up 4-0. The Lutes defense continued to hold the Beavers (1-1) scoreless for the game, earning the 4-0 shutout.
"I'm happy with the team," head coach John Yorke said. "We had two difficult road games, and I was concerned that our energy wouldn't be right, but we fought through well."
Many players saw their first action as Lutes this weekend, and Yorke was very satisfied with their initial performances.
"We've got a really good group of new guys," Yorke said. "Our first years and transfers were solid this weekend, and a lot of them will contribute right away, so expect a lot from the in the future."
Bennett Bugbee, one the Lutes' most experienced players, was also impressed with his newest teammates, and hopes the team can build off of this into their final non-conference games before conference play next weekend.
"It felt good to get a win out there today," Bugbee said. "Our first performance in Atlanta wasn't great, but we've bounced back, and we started the game really well today, and we're hoping to build off of this."
The Lutes remain at East Field this coming weekend, hosting the University of Texas-Tyler on Friday at 3 p.m. and Wheaton College on Saturday at 6 p.m.