High expectations, focus fuel ’Cats’ fury

Senior Rachel Miles battles for the ball against Lewis & Clark College senior Catherine Kitts on Sept. 26.The Wildcats won at home 3-0 against the Pioneers. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

This weekend the women’s soccer team competed against University of Puget Sound and George Fox
and Willamette universities. UPS and Whitworth University are the top-ranked teams in the conference. Linfield sits in the third position.
“We didn’t play as well as we’d hoped to,” senior midfielder Rennika Doty said about the Puget Sound game.
Freshman forward Emily Fellows scored Linfield’s only goal off of a free kick, and at the half, the score was tied 1-1. But the Wildcats lost their momentum during the second half of the game. Puget Sound scored two goals within the last 15 minutes of game play to win 3-1.
As for its game against George Fox University, the team played up to its potential.
Before the game, the coach changed up the field formation. Despite the change, the team pulled together to beat the Bruins 2-0, with goals from Fellows and sophomore midfielder Anna Sours.
During the weekend, Fellows scored her 17th goal of the season, which broke Linfield’s 16-goal season record that was set by Kathleen Wochnick, class of ’05, in 2003.
The Wildcats competed against Willamette on Oct. 13. With strong performances from Fellows, freshman defender
Christine Tamamoto and senior midfielder Emily Grachek, the Wildcats conquered the game with a 2-0 lead at the half and a final score of 4-0.
“We dominated every aspect of the game,” Doty said. “It was fun to see all of our hard work pay off.”
Senior midfielder Sara Blake had simliar thoughts.
“We dominated,” she said. “They had two shots on goal the whole game. We kept the ball really well. I feel really good about yesterday’s game. We connected really well as a whole and from that we got the result we wanted. It felt good to win at their place.”
As for the rest of the season, the ’Cats plan to reach their goal: first place in the Northwest Conference.
“It’s within our capability to win conference,” Doty said. “But it’s definitely going to be a fight.”
Blake agreed.
“We have very high expectations,” she said. “We are taking every game as it comes and focusing on what we need to do to be successful.”
Senior forward Brittany Willis had an assist to Grachek for her first goal of the season against Willamette and explained what the Wildcats have been doing to prepare for the ending weeks of the
conference season.
“We come out to practice everyday with the mentality of wanting to get better,” Willis said. “We focus on the little things we know will win us games. We’ve worked really hard this year to prove to people that we should be at the top and that means winning one game at a time.”
This weekend, the Wildcats take on the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers at noon on Oct. 16 in Portland and the Pacific University Boxers at noon on Oct. 17 at home.

Katey Barger/Staff reporter
Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
Barger and Crocker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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