The women’s soccer team ended the season with a 2-2 tie at George Fox University Nov. 5 and an upsetting 0-2 loss at home to University of Puget Sound on Nov. 6.
The Wildcats placed third in the Northwest Conference.
“We just seemed a bit off in the game against George Fox and then against Puget Sound,” freshman forward Emily Fellows said. “We had 5 minutes of let down, and they capitalized on it.”
Although the ’Cats had a rough weekend, they achieved an accomplishment this year in taking third place — a spot higher than last year.
“I think we could all say we were a little disappointed in our finish,” senior midfielder Sara Blake said. “But we realize that this year, we’ve done so many great things that have never been done before.”
Senior forward Brittany Willis agreed.
“We were disappointed in our finish only because we felt we should have been at the top, but we know we were a great team, and we are proud of the work we did,” she said.
According to the Linfield Athletics website, the loss to the Loggers prevented the ’Cats from setting a new school record for the women’s soccer team with the most wins in one season.
The women had 13 wins this season, tying with the 2001 and 2002 teams.
Although the season had a not-so-happy ending, there were a few players on the team that earned high honors. Fellows earned the NWC offensive player of the year award. Fellows had quite the season with 26 total goals, which landed her third in the nation for most goals scored in a Division III season. She also earned NWC student athlete of the week four times, which was more than anyone else in the conference this season.
“It feels amazing. I have all my teammates to thank [for the award], though, because without them, it would have never happened,” Fellows said.
Senior midfielder Rennika Doty earned a spot on the all-conference selection for the first time in the NWC. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Hasselblad earned a spot on the second-team selection, while freshman defender Christine Tamamoto and sophomore midfielder Anna Sours earned honorable mentions.
“This year, I think we were all a family and cared for each other. Not only that, but we all got along together so well and shared the same goals,” Blake said. “I think we all lived up to our saying of ‘heart.’”
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