Pirates Score Late to Tie Loggers

Pirates Score Late to Tie Loggers

by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant

TACOMA, Wash. – After going down 2-0, the Whitworth men's soccer team scored two goals late in the second half on a penalty kick and a set piece to tie Northwest Conference opponent Puget Sound on Saturday in Tacoma. 

The Loggers (4-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 NWC) outshot the Pirates (4-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 NWC) 14-7 (8-3 on goal) including all six shots in the two overtime periods. 

Both teams failed to find the back of the net until the 38th minute when free kick by Puget Sound was played into the middle of a scrum in the box. The ball bounced off the head of a Whitworth defender in the wrong direction for an own goal.  

The Loggers took a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute when another set piece got cleared out of the box to the feet of Tristan Stevenson who launched a rocket to the top corner of the goal from 35 yards out. In the 79th minute, a hard foul in the box by Puget Sound sent Drew Williams to the penalty spot to tie the game 2-1. 

In the 82nd minute, Pirate defender Aaron Yanagi was issued a red card, giving the Loggers a one-man advantage for the last eight minutes of the game. 

A foul in the 89th minute set up a Whitworth free kick for Eric Espinoza just outside of the box. Espinoza sent the ball far post past Logger GK Jacob Palmer to tie the game and force overtime. No goals were scored in two ten minute periods of overtime. 

Pirate GK Timmy Costa (2-1-1) finished the day with six saves on eight Puget Sound shots. Palmer (0-0-1) gave up two goals and had one save.

Next Up: The Pirates will finish their Northwest Conference road trip to Tacoma against Pacific Lutheran tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.