The women’s soccer team dominated its first conference game against Willamette University on Sept. 15.
The women ended the game with a score of 4-1, as Willamette sophomore Irene Vazquez scored a
goal off of a pass with 8 minutes left in the game to keep Linfield from handing the Bearcats a shutout.
Freshman Emily Fellows took the lead for goals scored as well as shots on goal for both teams. Fellows
had a total of eight shots on goal and also earned her third hat trick for Linfield.
“I feel good about having success this early in the season, but I couldn’t have done any of it without the
rest of team,” Fellows said.
Senior Kelsey Hassleblad agreed with Fellows about a team effort.
“We have some awesome freshmen that have picked up the level of play on the field,” Hassleblad
said. “Our team chemistry is awesome and even half of our starters being newcomers — it seems as though
we’ve been together for years.”
This year the women’s team has high expectations with a large senior class and a talented freshman
“This is the most talented freshman class to come through the Linfield Women’s soccer program,” head
coach Dominic Doty said. “The future of our women’s soccer program is very bright.”
Doty is in his second year with the women’s team. With such success after last year and a turn around
from the year prior, Doty said he knows what the team should strive to achieve.
“Last year’s team set the stage for this year. As a program, we have changed the culture of soccer at
Linfield,” Doty said. “Because of that, our team this year is very hungry. They realize what they are capable
and won’t settle for anything less.”
After displaying success as a team throughout preseason and the conference opener, the women’s team
still faces the rest of Northwest Conference. The women will be traveling to Tacoma, Wash. to play Pacific
Lutheran University on Sept. 19.
Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
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