’Cats strut No.1 spot

Senior midfielder Rennika Doty (left), sophomore midfielder Anna Sours (middle) and freshman forward Emily Fellows gather to celebrate a goal against Lewis & Clark College on Sept. 26. celebrate a goal on Sept. 26. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

The women’s soccer team is still the top-ranked team in the Northwest Conference.
The team traveled to Forest Grove to take on Pacific University on Sept. 25 and hosted Lewis & Clark College on Sept. 26.
The women are 4-0 in the NWC and stand in first place for the second week in a row, as the team remains undefeated.
Freshman Emily Fellows scored the only goal for the win against Pacific. Fellows headed the ball into the back of the net with less than 3 minutes to spare in the second half.
“Being undefeated is a good feeling, but we have a big weekend coming up and we’ll be tested,” senior Sara Blake said. “We just have to take this season game by game and get the job done.”
During the Pacific game, senior goalkeeper Kelsey Hasselblad had her first shutout with four saves in the goal.
“It feels good not to get scored on, no doubt,” Hasselblad said. “We had three years of a lot of that happening so it’s great to take a break from the ego blows of 4-nil losses.”
The women’s soccer team had the win against Lewis & Clark at home Sept. 26. The Wildcat’s outscored the Pioneers and won 3-0.
Fellows had the first goal off an assist from senior midfielder Sara Blake, for the ’Cats putting them to a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Anna Sours kept the lead with the second goal, while senior Rennika Doty scored the final goal in the 84th minute.
Hasselblad saved four shots on goal at Pacific, while saving two shots on goal in the game against Lewis & Clark, making it her second shutout of the weekend.
Hasselblad was named Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 28.
“There is no way a goalkeeper could win that award without her defenders,” Hasselblad said. “They are the ones that keep me bored back there — the way a keeper likes to be.”
The women will host Whitworth University on Oct. 2 and Whitman College on Oct. 3. The women play both games at noon.
“This weekend we have great competition against both Whitworth and Whitman,” Blake said. “It will be a good test for us.”

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

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