Sports & Outdoors

Women’s soccer closing in on eleventh straight conference title

The Puget Sound women’s soccer team had an impressive weekend with two conference victories. The team faced off against cross-town rivals Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and George Fox on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Early in the game against PLU, the women’s team had possession and would hold most of the possession throughout the game. After 40 minutes of a scoreless game, sophomore Haley Rosenberg (Lake Oswego, Ore) finally put the Loggers on the board with the first goal of the game.
Soon after, freshman Amalia Acorda-Fey (Seattle, Wash.) scored the next goal for the Loggers when she dribbled down the left side of the field and shot over the keeper, giving the Loggers a 2-0 lead of PLU.
The final goal of the game came from senior Theresa Henle (Issaquah, Wash.) when she headed the ball in after a pass from freshman Jordyn McLuen (Renton, Wash.) toward the end of the game. Junior goalkeeper Kara Merfeld (Bellingham, Wash.) only made one save to keep the shut-out for the win 3-0.
Sunday’s game against George Fox was important to the Loggers for conference standings. Throughout the entire game both teams fought hard to score, but it was not until the second half when both teams slowly started scoring.
During the second half, Henle scored the first goal for the Loggers finally taking the lead 1-0. The Loggers kept the lead and scored again after Henle assisted Rosenberg for the second goal.
The Loggers continued to gain momentum from their lead in the game and scored another goal when sophomore Sierra Grunwald (Philomath, Ore.) kicked the ball past the George Fox goalie for the 3-0 lead. The Loggers attempted to keep the shut out to 3-0, but the Bruins knocked the ball past Merfeld within the final minutes of the game, making the final score 3-1.
The Loggers two wins this weekend put them back on the board for their potential 11th straight conference title. They are neck and neck with both Pacific Lutheran and Linfield, with the final stretch of games likely to determine who will eventually win the Northwest Conference championship.
They play three games next week to finish off their 2012 season. The first game was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31. against Whitworth. On Saturday, Nov. 3 they take on Lewis and Clark and on Sunday, Nov. 4 they play Pacific.