Soccer could steal top spot

Wildcat freshman keeper Apololine Martinez drop kicks the ball during the Oct. 17 game at home against Pacific University. The ’Cats won 5-0. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

Wildcat freshman keeper Apololine Martinez drop kicks the ball during the Oct. 17 game at home against Pacific University. The ’Cats won 5-0. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

The women’s soccer team is still battling for the No. 1 spot in the Northwest Conference despite a loss to Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 31.
The Wildcats traveled to eastern Washington on Oct. 30 to play Whitman College and then to the home of the Pirates on Oct. 31.
The ’Cats won 3-2 against Whitman but suffered a tough loss against Whitworth as the game ended in 0-1 shutout.
“We are definitely a bit frustrated with the overall outcome of the weekend,” senior midfielder Rennika Doty said. “We had high expectations of coming out with two wins.”
Senior forward Brittany Willis agreed.
“We were obviously upset with the result on Sunday,” she said. “We are the better team, but there will always be some games that just don’t fall in your favor.”
Sophomore midfielder Anna Sours led the Wildcats in goals scoring two on Saturday.
Freshman forward Emily Fellows was second with one goal, tallying her season total to 25 goals. She is nationally ranked fourth in Division III women’s soccer.
Although the women did not win both of the games, they still have the opportunity to win the conference title and go to the playoffs.
If the women win both games this weekend against George Fox University and the University of Puget Sound, and then UPS loses or ties with Pacific University on Nov. 5, the title will be theirs.
“We are confident we can still get first,” Willis said. “We are focusing on what we can control, and that’s winning both our games.”
If the weekend does not go their way, it could be the last weekend for the ’Cats.
“We have made such huge strides from last year, which is really encouraging for the years to come. We’re only going to get better from here,” sophomore midfielder Bridget Grant said.
“I think we are all really proud of what we have done. Everyone has worked really hard this season, and because of that, we have done what no Linfield women’s soccer team has ever come close to doing,” Willis said.
This season will be the ’Cats’ second-winning season in a row since 2002, even if the women do not win this weekend.
“Dom [Doty] asked us at the beginning of the season, ‘How do you want to be remembered as a team?’ And looking back at our season, I feel, as a whole we can all say we will be remembered as a team that left a mark,” Willis said.
The next game is at noon on Nov. 5 against George Fox in Newberg, Ore. The team also plays at noon Nov. 6 against UPS for its final home game.

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

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