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October 24, 2012

Lutes Can't Find a Goal, Fall to Loggers 3-0

PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran saw its string of scoreless games reach five in a row as the Puget Sound Loggers took a 3-0 victory Wednesday afternoon in Northwest Conference women's soccer action.

Puget Sound, in search of its 11th straight NWC title and also in need of a win to keep pace with conference-leading Whitworth and Linfield, improved its record to 10-4-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the league. The victory continued a string of 29 consecutive unbeaten games for the Loggers over the Lutes. The last time that the teams played on Sept. 13, PLU earned a 2-2 tie, ending what at the time was a string of 27 straight wins in the series for Puget Sound.

The Lutes, 4-4-7 overall and 2-4-7 in the conference, have now played 490 consecutive minutes without scoring. Their last goal came on Oct. 7 when Blake Warner scored in the second overtime of a 3-2 road victory over Willamette.

The visiting Loggers had the run of play for the majority of the 90-minute contest and built a 13-2 advantage in shots prior to scoring their first goal in the 42nd minute. Kylee Beeson brought the ball from the right wing and passed to Haley Rosenberg, whose shot was blocked toward Sierra Grunwald, who got the ball back to Rosenberg in front of the net. She didn't miss this time, netting her fourth goal of the campaign.

Puget Sound made it 2-0 in the 59th minute when leading scorer Amalia Acorda-Fey showed her individual skill. Moving down the left flank, she crossed the ball over to her right foot, took a dribble and then lofted a curling shot over the head of PLU keeper Marisa Gonzales and into the far side netting. For Acorda-Fey, it was the seventh goal of the season.

The final goal came in the 82nd minute and was delivered by Theresa Henle, who got banged up for her effort. Jordyn brought the ball down the left side and crossed in front of the goal, where Henle headed it home before colliding with a couple of PLU defenders. Henle eventually limped off the field, but not before she had scored her fourth of the year.

Pacific Lutheran had some dangerous offensive moments, particuarly in the second half when Kristi D'Allesandro got down the right wing and took two shots that ended up being just off the mark. PLU managed only four total shots, two in each half, and the lone save that Puget Sound's Kara Merfeld had to make came on a long-range rolling shot. Gonzalez, meanwhile, picked up eight saves in goal for the Lutes.

The Lutes return to conference action at noon on Saturday when they play the Pacific Boxers in Forest Grove, Ore.

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