Freshmen assist team’s climb to top

Junior Julia Vaughn dribbles the ball at home against Pacific University. Linfield shut out the Boxers 5-0 on Oct. 17. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

The Wildcats are on their way to a conference title, although the weekend ahead looks daunting. The women’s soccer team will make the trip to Eastern Washington, competing against Whitman College and Whitworth University on Oct. 30 and 31.
The ’Cats are second place in the Northwest Conference — only one point behind first-place University of Puget Sound, a team that beat the ’Cats when they made the trip to Tacoma, Wash.
But the women’s team is well prepared with another win under its belt as they beat Pacific Lutheran University 5-0 on Oct. 23. The win was the fifth in a row for the team and also the fifth shutout.
Freshman forward Emily Fellows had two of the five goals for Linfield.
Freshman forward Christine Tamamoto began the streak with an early goal in the game 5 minutes into the first half. Fellows had the second goal shortly after.
The second half began with a bang as the Wildcats started 2-0. Freshman midfielder Stephanie Socotch scored the third goal for the ’Cats. Senior Emily Grachek helped keep the lead with her second goal of the season.
Fellows wrapped up the game with the 5th goal of the afternoon.
“We came out, played and got the job done,” senior forward Emily Schulte said. “We come out each game like we are playing the best team.”
The women’s soccer team has never won a conference title on the trip to Eastern Washington.
“I feel everyone is taking this weekend more seriously,” senior forward Brittany Willis said. “Everyone is holding themselves accountable. Everyone wants to be a success this year.”
This week was the fourth time Fellows received the honor of Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week. Fellows ranked second in the nation with goals scored in Division-III women’s soccer as of Oct. 24.
Fellows agreed with Willis about preparation for this weekend.
“This week in practice, we all came out with the mindset that we needed to play quickly and smart as well as be physical with each other in order to prepare for the weekend,” Fellows said.
The Wildcats will face Whitman at noon on Oct. 30 in Walla Walla, Wash., and then play Whitworth at noon on Oct. 31 in Spokane, Wash.
“Everyone has that belief that we can do it,” Willis said.

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

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