UPS Beat Willamette in Battle of Nationally Ranked Teams

TACOMA, Wash. - What was supposed to be a tight match between two nationally ranked and familiar rivals turned into a rout, as No. 3 Puget Sound defeated No. 10 Willamette 4-0 on Peyton Field Sunday afternoon. The result moves the Loggers record to 5-0, 2-0 NWC. Willamette falls to 3-2-1, 1-1 NWC.

Bucking a trend of close matches between the two national powers over the last four years, the Loggers exploded for the largest margin of victory in a game involving the two teams in recent history. Only one match in the previous eight had been decided by more than one goal.

Puget Sound got on the board when defender Bridget Stolee finished a header off of an Elizabeth Pitman corner kick at 11:43 of the first half.

Junior Tera Anderson gave the Loggers a 2-0 lead at the 19:36 mark. It was Anderson's second goal of the weekend and fifth of the season.

Things stayed even for the remainder of the first half, with each team having their opportunities to get forward, but neither able to generate any serious scoring chances.

The beginning of the second half saw both teams pressing the attack, generating end-to-end action. Pitman was credited with her second assist of the game when she fed Courtney Kjar for a goal in the 78th minute togive
UPS a 3-0 lead.

Puget Sound led on shots 12-6 and corner kicks 7-2. Erin Williams earned her second shutout of the weekend and fourth of the year, making two saves in ninety minutes in goal for the Loggers. Woody made four saves in the loss for Willamette.

Willamette returns home to host Whitman College September 25th.