Wildcats fall short in final minutes

Junior forward Xavior Reed battles for the ball in the game against Pacific on Sunday Sept. 25 at home. Victor Zhu/ Staff photographer

With the men’s soccer team winning its first game of the season, the Wildcats felt that their winning streak would continue throughout the season and lead them to also winning first in their conference. However, the Wildcats soon faced a few setbacks with four losses following that win. They did not let that get their spirits down though, and tied their game against George Fox on Sept. 24.

“We really needed the win,” sophomore forward and midfield Michael Swain said. “But we got a point for the tie and all we can do is build from that.”

On the Sept. 24 game the Wildcats were able to make many shots and now simply need to “put them in the back of the net,” Swain said. “We played well, we communicated, played our game and passed around George Fox.”

The Wildcats are also working harder than ever throughout practices in hopes that it will soon begin to show on the soccer field as well.

“We can’t seem to transfer the energy from our training sessions to the game field,” freshman goalkeeper Grant Loriaux said.

Injuries on the team are also starting to heal with only about three players out, the Wildcats hope that now they will all be able to stay healthy to prevent further injuries from occurring and creating more set backs.

Committed fans such as junior Dan Harmon and senior Evan Wingren haven’t lost faith in the Wildcats, and continue to support the team at every game. “[The team will] finish the season a lot stronger than [they] started,” Harmon said.

Giving the team their “unconditional support,” the fans continue to believe that the Wildcats will soon turn things around. “They’re out here working hard and we’re out here supporting them,” Wingren said.

In addition to the Sept. 24 game, the Wildcats also had a home game on Sept. 25 against Pacific. Both teams got off to a slow start, not scoring any goals in the first half despite freshman Ivan Collin’s shot on goal. Pacific’s first goal was made 60 minutes into the game, by Patrick Murray who shot around the Wildcat defense. During the final 10 minutes junior Danny Snelgrow shot on goal because of a foul kick, where senior Zach Farrington headed it into the goal above Pacific’s goalkeeper.  The Wildcats went into overtime where Murray scored for Pacific, and in a close game lost 2-1.

“We’re not finishing our chances,” head coach Ian Lefebvre said. The Wildcats came close numerous times to the goal, however, when it came time to make the goal, the ball often missed the back of the net. During the game, Linfield had 13 shots on goal, over Pacific’s 10.

With communication and energy improving on the field, the Wildcats aren’t giving up any time soon.

“[We’re going to] plug away one game at a time,” Lefebvre said. “Focus on the day, [and] get better everyday.”

The team’s conference record consist of no wins,one tie and three losses.

The Wildcats play again   Oct. 1 against Whitman College. Then they go against Whitworth College Oct. 2. Kickoff for both games will be at 2:30 p.m.

Samantha Sigler/Copy editor
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