The Linfield women’s soccer team played two fierce games this weekend, winning the Sept. 30 game against the Whitman College Missionaries with a score of 1-0 and tying the game Oct. 1 against the Whitworth University Pirates.
After tying a game with George Fox University and losing a game to Willamette University last week, the Wildcats learned a valuable lesson.
“You can’t overlook any team,” freshman Taylor Collinsworth said.
After last week’s games, sophomore Sara Miller said that the Wildcats “weren’t playing as a team.”
“We played better as a team,” Collinsworth said. “We were all team-oriented instead of individually oriented.”
The Sept. 30 game got off to an exciting start, with junior Anna Sours scoring the first goal of the game and her first goal of the season.
“It gave us a lead and confidence the whole way,” Sours said. The rest of the game ended up being a defensive game, with neither team scoring anymore goals. The Missionaries only managed four attempts at a goal. Two of these were saved by Linfield goalie, sophomore Apolonia Martinez, one was blocked, and another was wide. The Wildcats managed to get 12 attempts at a goal, but none of these shots made it past Missionary goalie Emily Davis.
The game against the Pirates ended with even fewer points than Saturday’s game, with neither team scoring any goals. Two 10 minute overtimes were played, but neither resulted in a win for either team. Both teams fought hard, making several attempts at a goal, but no shots made it past either team’s goalie.
Both the Wildcats and the Bearcats have a shot at the conference title, and both played a fierce game to show why they deserve the title.
“All games have been pretty aggressive. Everyone’s coming out with a vengeance,” Collinsworth said. The Wildcats play the Bearcats again Oct. 29 in Spokane, Wash., giving the women another opportunity to defeat the Bearcats.
The Wildcats play Pacific Lutheran Oct. 8 in Tacoma, Wash., and Pacific University Oct. 9 on the Wildcat’s home field.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
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