Soccer squad fall to Loggers

TACOMA, Wash. - Puget Sound's Josh Sonico had the hat trick, finding the net three times in leading the Loggers to a 3-1 win over Pacific on Saturday afternoon in men's Northwest Conference soccer action at Peyton Field.

Sonico's work gave the hosts a victory in the conference opener for both teams. Puget Sound improved to 3-3 on the season while the Boxers dropped to 2-4.

Sonico scored in the 18th and 27th minutes to give the Loggers a 2-0 lead at the break. He added another score 12 minutes into the second half to complete the trifecto in front of 189 UPS fans. His first and third goals were on corner kicks that he bent in off the post.

Pacific got on the board at the 57 minute mark courtesy of Erix Jensen (assists to Keola Norton andKellan McNamara). It was the first career goal for the freshman from Central Point (Crater HS).

Pacific's Leyton Thommasen was extremely busy in the goal for the Boxers with nine saves. Twice he kept Sonico out of the net as the Logger star had seven shots on the day, including five on goal.

"I felt like the boys were a little unprepared for Puget Sound's pressure in the first half," said head coach Eric Mild. "But the second half was much better, I was very pleased. Jensen did a great job off the bench and Jake Castanha had a nice game. We will try and regroup and get after it again tomorrow."

The Boxers will be back on the field tomorrow  across town, taking on Pacific Lutheran. Start time is 2:30 pm.