’Cats punt their way to No. 1 spot

Freshman Emily Fellows sets up to shoot on Willamette University during the conference opener at home on Sept. 15. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

One week was all it took for the women’s soccer team to reach the No. 1 spot in the Northwest Conference.
The women’s team traveled to Tacoma on Sept. 19 to beat Pacific Lutheran University on its own turf. The women outscored the Lutes, 5-2.
Five Wildcats pushed balls into the back of the net. Senior Rachel Miles scored the first goal for the ’Cats, followed by freshmen Megan Kearns and Stephanie Socotch. Freshman Emily Fellows and sophomore Anna Sours capped the game with the fourth and fifth goals, respectively.
After finishing last season tied for fourth place, the women’s team is sitting pretty.
“It is what it is. Standing doesn’t mean anything as of now. We are focusing on the weekend,” junior Jenna Quiring said about the Sept. 19 statistics.
The conference season just began, but expectations are already high for the women’s team. Letting this get to their heads is not an option, senior Sara Blake said.
“It is definitely a good feeling to be in first, but in no way can we be content. We have many more games to play and a lot of things to prove to others and ourselves,” she said.
Staying focused is key for the women, but improving is essential to remaining in the top spot.
“I think they are slowly improving each game which is all we can ask for right now,”
assistant coach Spencer Winter said. “I think as a team, we have high standards for ourselves this year and no one wants to let
anyone else on the team down.”
With the increased popularity of the women’s soccer program, a junior varsity team has been added. Winter, class of ’09, is the head coach of the junior varsity team and the assistant coaching on the varsity team.
“I think having a JV team has been huge because girls that may not have gotten a lot of playing time on varsity are able to get game time that they otherwise wouldn’t,” Winter said.
This weekend the women face off against both Pacific and Lewis & Clark Universities.
“If we keep the intensity level and our work rate high, we will do well this weekend,” Quiring said. “When we’re working together, offensively and defensively, good things happen.”
The women’s game against Pacific will take place at noon Sept. 25 in Forest Grove, and at noon on Sept. 26, the women will take on Lewis & Clark
College at home.

Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
Corrina Crocker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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