Puget Sound clinches NWC title with 2-0 victory over Willamette

A 2-0 win over the visiting Bearcats of Willamette University clinched the Northwest Conference championship for the University of Puget Sound men's soccer team Sunday afternoon in Tacoma. It was appropriate that Chris Raymond delivered the game-winner as the Loggers celebrated senior day. Raymond, a senior and local product from Curtis High School, scored his 100th career point on bullet from 18 yards out that found the upper "V" on the right side just 12 minutes into the game.

The Loggers scored again at 34:29 as Tyler Niemack and Josh Hedrick executed a perfect give-and-go with Niemack finding the net from 5 yards away. Puget Sound dominated on shots 17-9 and had 6 corner kicks to 5 for the Bearcats.

With a single game remaining in the Northwest Conference season the Loggers are 12-1 with 36 points. Linfield is 10-1-2 with 32 points. If the Loggers would stumble in their final game and Linfield would win the Wildcats still could not catch the Loggers. It is the second NWC title for Puget Sound in men's soccer. The Loggers earned the title in 1999 and advanced as an independent to the post-season.

Puget Sound's Ben Meckel earned his 12th shutout of the season in goal for the Loggers with 3 saves and help from senior Koben Calhoun who took one in the chest on the goal line to stop a Bearcat shot. Andrew Wared had 4 saves in net for Willamette and Ben DeSanno had 5 shots and all 3 of the Bearcats shots on goal.