The women’s soccer team is well on their way to a conference title after securing a win against George Fox University on Sunday Oct. 27. The Loggers pulled off a 2-1 victory and continued a winning streak of nine games.
The first period of the game was a standoff, with neither team scoring. Puget Sound made nine shots during the first half but no attempts were successful. The Loggers had an early possession of the ball and made their first attempt for a shot within the 2nd minute of the game. Logger defense was strong and George Fox was only able to attempt two shots in the first half of the game.
The Loggers gained position early on in the second period with the first shot occurring in the 48th minute of the game. The ball hit the post and was regained by senior Robin Vieira (Seattle, Wash.). Only four seconds later, she scored. It was the first goal of the game and Vieira’s third of the season.
The Loggers’ first goal was quickly followed by their second of the game. Sophomore Amalia Acorda-Fey (Seattle, Wash.). scored in the 52nd minute with an assist from senior Kylie Beeson (Everett, Wa.). This was Acorda-Fey’s fifth goal of the season.
The second goal secured Logger victory, even though the Bruins made their only goal of the game with seconds left on the clock.
This was a key victory for the Loggers. They previously played George Fox on Sept. 28, a game which went 0-0 in double overtime. Puget Sound improved its NWC standing to 9-1-2. This win followed another key win against Willamette on Saturday Oct. 26.
George Fox played well, not allowing an easy win for the Loggers, but in the second half the Loggers were able to overcome Bruin defense and make the necessary plays to win.
The Loggers are currently ranked second in the DIII Northwest Conference thanks to their victories this weekend and to the continued success of key players. Women’s soccer is made up of many strong players including Beeson who was named the NWC Offensive Student Athlete of the Week for Oct. 14-20.
After this successful weekend the Loggers are currently ranked second in the conference, only two points behind Linfield.
As of their Oct. 27 game against Whitworth, Linfield has lost once to Whitman and tied with Willamette.
The Wildcats are the only women’s soccer team in the NWC currently ranked in the top 25 by the NCAA but the Loggers have received votes to be included in this list.
The Loggers will need to play well as a team and keep up their momentum from last weekend’s games as they enter into their most important match of the season.
They will face off against Linfield at home on Nov. 3. This game could give them the opportunity to move past Linfield into the top position in the NWC.
The Loggers lost to Linfield earlier this season, but at 1-0 it was hardly an upset the Loggers can’t come back from.
This is a match that promises to be a fight to the end as the top two teams battle it out for glory in the Northwest Conference.