Whitworth to provide worthy competition

Senior Michel Camacho charges to the ball against George Fox University freshman Steven Haga at home Sept. 26. Victor Zhu/ Freelancer

After finishing the weekend with a 1-1 record the men’s soccer team resumes conference play this week. The men lost a physical match to Pacific University on Sept. 25, before regrouping to beat George Fox University on Sept. 26.
The ’Cats lost 0-1 to the Boxers. Pacific didn’t hesitate to get physical, hitting the ’Cats often and hard. Between both teams, 26 fouls were called.
Linfield couldn’t get past the violent Boxer defense despite holding a 13-8 shot advantage.
Pacific scored a goal on a penalty kick midway through the first half.
The ’Cats had opportunities to score during the game’s final minutes, but Pacific senior goalkeeper Andrew Stevermer
deflected shot after shot.
Despite the tough loss, Linfield senior goalkeeper Jon Thompson remained confident in the team.
“Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think that battling against the No. 1 team in the conference opened our eyes,” Thompson said. “We can compete against any team in this league, and we were one penalty away from at least going to overtime.”
While the team’s defense was solid, the offense was missing as the ’Cats were held scoreless for the first time this season.
Sophomore forward Danny Snelgrow offered a reason for the offensive struggle against Pacific.
“We couldn’t score because we weren’t focusing when we got our opportunities,” Snelgrow said.
After a disappointing loss to Pacific, the ’Cats let out their frustration to the tune of a 7-0 victory over the Bruins.
Snelgrow dissected the Bruins’ defense with surgical precision Sept. 26. He scored his first goal of the game off of an assist from senior midfielder Kevin Donato and pounded in a second goal before halftime. The ’Cats outshot the Bruins 18-1 during the first 45 minutes.
Snelgrow said that his second goal gave him faith.
“I knew everything was clicking when I hit that second goal,” Snelgrow said. “There was usually a wall holding me back from scoring, but I felt like I battled through it and with my confidence felt like I could score anything.”
The ’Cats built their lead in the second half as Snelgrow’s onslaught continued. Donato recorded his second assist of the game in the 49th minute, setting up a third goal for Snelgrow.
Snelgrow zipped in his fourth goal off of an assist from senior midfielder Colin Bebee. Senior midfielder Michel Camacho added to the lead with a goal of his own. Camacho’s goal was followed by another from Snelgrow, which put the ’Cats ahead 6-0.
Sophomore midfielder Cody Escott completed Linfield’s scoring with a goal in the 73rd minute.
Snelgrow finished the game with five goals, tying a Linfield record for goals scored in a single game. Snelgrow shares the record with Jeff Brooks, class of ’85, who set it in 1984.
Thompson said the ’Cats played with a sense of urgency after dropping a close game to Pacific.
“I feel like our team knew that we had to win the game to compete, and we showed our offensive flair,” Thompson said. “We played together as a team and got the big win.”
Next up for Linfield is a match with visiting Whitworth University on
Oct. 2. The Pirates started the season strong with a 5-2-1 record. Thompson stressed the importance of beating a formidable Whitworth team.
“Whitworth is going to be a tough match. They are always at the top of the table and always have a good team,” he said. “This could be our defining match. If we can come up big and get two wins, then we are right on track.”

Matt Bayley/Staff reporter
Matt Bayley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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