Bearcats Lose to Puget Sound in Season Finale, 2-0

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

TACOMA, WASH. -- The University of Puget Sound used two goals in the first half to defeat visiting Willamette University, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference game on Saturday, Nov. 8. UPS advanced its record to 10-7-2 overall, 8-4-2 in the NWC. Willamette completed its season at 3-14-1, including 2-11-1 in the NWC.

Kyle Benson scored at 8:46 and Chris Shaw tallied a goal at 29:59 for the Loggers. Benson's goal was earned with an assist from Kyle Johnson. Shaw scored the Loggers' second goal after receiving a pass from Benson.

Puget Sound gained a 12-8 advantage in total shots during the game. The Loggers also achieved a 6-2 margin in shots on goal and registered seven corner kicks, compared to one corner for the Bearcats.

Mark Bennett (Sr., GK, Salt Lake City, UT/West HS), who played all 90 minutes in goal for Willamette, finished with three saves. A WU defender also blocked a shot near the goal line. Greg Saetrum of UPS made two saves and earned the shutout.

For the Bearcats, Conor Costigan (So., MF, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS), Nick Forbes (Sr., F, Carbondale, CO/Colorado Rocky Mountain School) and Sam Hodder (Sr., MF/F, Albuquerque, NM/Sandia Prep) recorded two shots apiece. Forbes and Hodder each earned one shot on goal.

The game was played relatively free of fouls. Willamette was called for a modest total of six fouls, while Puget Sound finished with only three fouls.

BOX SCORE
University of Puget Sound 2
Willamette University 0
Ivan Gutierrez was one of three WU seniors who played in their final game for the Bearcats.

Ivan Gutierrez was one of three WU seniors who played in their final game for the Bearcats.