by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's soccer team battled to a dramatic 3-2 victory over No. 10 Puget Sound in Sunday afternoon's Northwest Conference matchup in Spokane.
The Pirates (4-5-1, 2-2 NWC) bounced back from a disappointing performance on Saturday to take down one of the best programs in NCAA D-III. The Loggers (5-2-2, 2-2) lost both of their matches this weekend, their first losses of the season.
Whitworth doubled its lead two minutes later as Clifford slid a pass up the middle of the field to Drew Williams who was waiting at the top of the box. Williams powered his shot into the back of the net.
The Pirates held the Loggers to five shots in the first half, but the momentum quickly shifted to the Loggers to begin the second half. Angel Herrera-Flores earned his fifth goal of the season in the 57th minute, sending in a shot from outside the box to cut the Pirates' lead in half.
Less than a minute later, Cale Spence took a shot that bounced of Pirates goalkeeper Bo Broyles. Spence sent in the rebound to tie the match at 2-2.
Chase Reidt scored what turned out to be the match-winner in the 79th minute. Ethan Kem sent a pass between defenders to a sprinting Reidt who sent his shot into the right corner of the net for the 3-2 victory.
Broyles made a crucial save on a header from Puget Sound's Luke Murdock with less than a minute remaining in regulation to hold off the Loggers.
The Pirates lead the Loggers in shots (20-15), but Puget Sound had the advantage in corner kicks (11-5). Both teams finished with six shots on goal. Broyles finished with four saves and Ethan Stern-Ellis had three.
Up next, the Pirates travel to Oregon to take on Pacific and George Fox.