Solid goalie play by McDonald key to Logger victories at home
The Puget Sound men’s soccer team beat George Fox Saturday, Oct. 27. The win was not the only thing to be excited about, as senior Chris McDonald (Newton, Mass.) made four saves and now has the most shut-outs in Puget Sound history. Juniors Andrew White (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Chris Shaw (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) scored goals for the Loggers.
McDonald produced his 31st shut-out of his career to claim the school record. He made four saves in the effort against George Fox as the Bruins held a 9-8 shot advantage in the match.
Of the Loggers’ eight shots, five of them were on goal and two went in the net. White scored the first goal of the match as he finished a cross from junior Ryan Rash (Federal Way, Wash.) in the 29th minute.
Shaw added a second-half goal for safe measure as he put in sophomore Sean Ryan’s (Mill Creek, Wash.) cross into the upper right corner for a 2-0 Logger lead.
The final score was 2-0 Loggers. This was McDonald’s 11th shutout this season, which is closing in on the single-season school record as well.
The following day, Sunday Oct. 28, the Puget Sound men’s soccer team scored twice in the first half and McDonald made three saves to shutout Pacific 2-0. White and Ryan were the two Loggers who produced goals and helped the team come away with a win.
The Loggers’ first goal came with over two minutes into the match. Shaw’s corner kick led to a header into the 6-yard box by junior Colin McIntosh (Olympia, Wash.). The header was put in the goal by White, who capped off the series of good setups by his teammates.
With an early 1-0 lead the Loggers weathered a strong storm from the Boxers, who fired 12 shots in the first half and 21 in the match for a slight shot advantage. The Boxers put three shots on goal, all coming in the first half, but McDonald was there to stop all three and preserve yet another shut-out.
Ryan gave the Loggers an insurance goal in the 28th minute when he scored an unassisted shot for a 2-0 Logger lead. Neither team was able to score a goal in the second half. The final score of the game was 2-0 Loggers.
The Loggers play at home for the final match of the 2012 season on Saturday when they host cross-town rivals Pacific Lutheran University at 2:30 p.m.
The Loggers can jump into a tie for second with Pacific Lutheran if they beat them in this season finale. Come support your Loggers in this crucial, final game to what has been a wonderful season.