Puget Sound men hold off Missionaries

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WALLA WALLA — First place Puget Sound scored two first-half goals and then held off Whitman College for a 2-0 Northwest Conference men’s soccer victory at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

The victory moves the Loggers to 8-1 in conference and 10-4 overall. Whitman drops to 4-4-1 and 5-8-2.

Puget Sound got on the board at the 22:42 mark when Carson Swope received a long pass just beyond midfield and then beat the defender on the dribble, firing off a shot from the left that beat Whitman goalkeeper Stuart Ellsworth.

The two teams played fairly evenly the rest of the half before the Loggers got their second goal with less than four minutes remaining before intermission. Josh Sonico lofted a free kick into the box that was headed at the goal. Ellsworth deflected the shot. Colin McIntosh kicked in the rebound before the Whitman defense could recover, giving the Loggers a little extra cushion.

Whitman’s best opportunity occurred late in the half when Jesse Mirman let go a shot from inside the box that deflected off the far post. The Loggers were able to clear the rebound and the threat was thwarted.

Whitman was 1-1 for the weekend on its home pitch, as the Missionaries won a double-overtime match on Saturday against Pacific Lutheran, as Junpei Tsuji scored the game-winner.

Whitman travels to George Fox and Pacific University this Saturday and Sunday, with both kicking off at 2:30 p.m.

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