Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team battled to a scoreless double overtime draw to University of Texas Tyler on Friday afternoon at East Field. The Lutes initial offensive pressure sputtered as the game went on, and neither side was able to capitalize on their opportunities late.
The Lutes (1-2-1) started the game with intensity, maintaining control of the ball throughout the first half. They outshot the Patriots 12-2 in the first half and, despite coming away scoreless, seemed poised to eventually find the back of the net on a big play.
That play never came. Instead, the Lutes were outshot 11-5 by the Patriots (1-0-2) for the final 65 minutes. After earning six corner kicks and surrendering none in the first half, the Lutes only saw three more come their way, while the Patriots earned 10 in the second half and both overtimes.
Still, scoring hasn't come easy against the Patriots all season, as they've only surrendered one goal in their three games so far this season. However, head coach John Yorke still felt that the team missed a great opportunity to make a statement on Friday.
"It felt like we were very good at times, but ultimately inconsistent," Yorke said. "We were flat and we didn't have a lot of energy, and UT Tyler is too good for us to not bring the energy.
The Lutes now turn their attention to Wheaton College, who they'll face Saturday evening in their last opportunity to get game experience before Northwest Conference play comes. Yorke hopes the team looks as committed as they appeared in their first home game last Monday.
"I hope to see a team willing to be competitive and combative," Yorke said. "I think we are a really good team, but we just need to find that greatness consistently."
The Lutes take the field at 6 p.m. Saturday to take on the 1-2 Thunder.