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TACOMA, Wash. - The Battle of the South Sound resumes this week with Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound clashing in two different sports over the next four days. The 25th-ranked Lutes host the Loggers in women's soccer later today at East Field at 4 p.m. with a Northwest Conference title hanging in the balance while the two Tacoma schools square off on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in men's soccer at UPS to cap off the regular season.
The Lutes and Loggers have already met five times on the playing field in NWC competition with Pacific Lutheran enjoying a 3-1-1 advantage in those contests. PLU most recently picked up a 31-20 victory over Puget Sound last Saturday with third string quarterback Walker LaVoy rallying the Lutes and leading the team to three fourth quarter touchdowns.
Today's women's soccer showdown is the second meeting this season between the two storied clubs. PLU and UPS battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw back on Oct. 5. The Lutes currently own a three-point lead on UPS in the NWC standings with two games to play. A PLU win would give the Lutes their first NWC title since 1992 while a tie would give PLU at least a share of the crown but would not guarantee the Lutes the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
On the men's side, PLU is looking to finish off the season with a sweep of the Loggers after downing the intracity rival 1-0 back on Oct. 8. Jackson Moore was the hero that day, scoring a goal in the sixth minute of double overtime off a pass from Eddie Na.
On the volleyball court, PLU and UPS split the season series. UPS earned a three-set sweep inside Olson Gymnasium on Sept. 21 but the Lutes returned the favor on Oct. 19, overcoming a two-set deficit to claim the 3-2 victory.
After this week, the rivalry goes dormant until January with men's and women's basketball squaring off on Jan. 17 while the men's and women's swimming teams go head-to-head on Jan. 28.