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Boxers remain in conference title hunt

Pacific recorded a pair of huge Northwest Conference men's soccer victories over the weekend, taking out Willamette on Saturday and upsetting No. 7 Puget Sound on Sunday.

On Saturday, Pacific (7-2-1, 4-2-1) logged a 3-1 triumph over Willamette on the strength of two Matt McDonough goals and another by sophomore Danny Williams.

McDonough got the Boxers on the board early, scoring in the second minute on a feed from Colby White. Williams added what proved to be the game-winner in the ninth minute, heading in a pass from Derek Atta. McDonough made it 3-0 early in the second half off Williams' assist.

Willamette (1-10-1, 0-6-1) avoided the shutout with a goal from Thomas Cloutier in the 89th minute.

Sunday's win was even bigger for the Pacific program, as Williams banged home the game's only goal in the 50th minute to hand nationally-ranked Puget Sound (7-1-1, 4-1-1) its first loss of the season.

Williams broke free and connected from five yards out just minutes into the second half, beating Puget Sound keeper Peter Van Sant.

From there, Pacific relied on its stout defense. The Boxers were outshot 24-5 in the match but still hung on for the victory. Pacific keeper Jory Shene made five saves, including a crucial stop of Byron Conforti's penalty kick in the 53rd minute.

Pacific currently sits in third place in the conference standings with home games on tap this week against Linfield (6-3-2, 3-2-2) and Pacific Lutheran (7-4-0, 4-2-0).