’Cats claw up to first place in conference
Linfield dominated its Northwest Conference opponents, Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University, Oct. 16 and 17.
The Wildcats brought two wins home and left their opponents scoreless in each game. The team now holds a 9-2 standing in the NWC, which puts the team one loss behind the top-ranked University of Puget Sound
Lewis & Clark holds a last-place ranking among the NWC teams, but going into Saturday’s game, the ’Cats didn’t look past their opponents.
“We try to take it one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves,” freshman Emily Fellows said.
Before the half, Linfield made nine unsuccessful goal attempts, which resulted in a 0-0 halftime score.
Minutes into the second half, Fellows scored off of a penalty kick to put the team up 1-0.
Near the end of the game, freshman Lindsay Dahl scored a second goal, sealing the 2-0 win for the Wildcats.
Throughout the game, the team held the Pioneers to only two goal attempts and left them with a 0-9 overall NWC record.
“We really capitalized on the scoring opportunities,” Fellows said. “We moved the ball around really well, too.”
The home game against Pacific on Oct. 17 saw many scoring opportunities. Fellows scored Linfield’s first goal after 15 minutes of play off a well-timed pass from senior Rachel Miles.
Sophomore Anna Sours scored 1 minute before halftime to put the Wildcats up 2-0.
The second half brought three more goals for the team. Freshman Stephanie Socotch scored in the 55th minute, and Fellows scored her second goal of the game 6 minutes later. Junior Emily Schulte scored the last goal in the 76th that finished the game.
Pacific ended the game scoreless and now holds a 5-4-1 NWC standing.
Linfield’s goalie, senior Kelsey Hasselblad, made four saves during the weekend and now has 426 total saves, which makes her Linfield’s No. 1 goal-saver.
With Linfield in the running for first place in the NWC, the team is looking forward to the rest of the
“It’s really exciting,” Fellows said. “We have lived up to our potential; we just need to keep playing hard and show up to play.”
The Wildcat’s next game is at home against Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 23. Kick-off is at 11 a.m.
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