Loggers Come Back From Deficit to Beat Bearcats 3-2

TACOMA: The University of Puget Sound rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final thirty minutes as they defeated a determined Willamette University men’s soccer team, 3-2, in a Northwest Conference game Sunday afternoon at Peyton Field.

The win puts Puget Sound at 9-3-2 overall, 6-1-2 in conference. Willamette drops to 6-6-2 overall, 5-4 in conference.
The scoring began when Willamette forward Adam Moshofsky beat Logger goalkeeper Brian Lawson for his seventh goal of the season in the 36th minute to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. The scored remained 1-0 through the first-half. Shots at the half favored the Bearcats 8-6.

Ben DeSanno made the score 2-0 for Willamette at 57:25, off an assist from Ricardo Sanchez.

Down 2-0, the Loggers began their rally quickly after the Bearcats second goal. Senior Justin Hughes redirected a shot passed Bearcat goalie Dane Meier at the 59:16 mark to bring the score to 2-1. The Logger goal was assisted by freshmen Byron Conforti and sophomore forward Mike Leis.

Twelve minutes later forward Tyler Niemack recorded his 13th goal of the season on a laser into the upper left corner from 12-yards out.

Puget Sound forward Josh Hedrick scored his fourth goal of the season at the 84:47 mark to complete a hard fought comeback for the host Loggers. Hedrick's game-winner was assisted by Anthony Fioretti, after his well-paced through-ball found Hedrick in full stride for the breakaway.

Puget Sound recorded 14 shots to 12 for Willamette. Corners were 9-1 on in favor of the Loggers. The match saw 38 fouls called, 23 on the Bearcats, 15 for Puget Sound.

The Bearcats return home next weekend for games against George Fox on Saturday and Pacific on Sunday.