The women’s soccer team had a victorious weekend, winning 1-0 against Whitworth on Oct. 29 and 2-1 against Whitman on Oct. 30.
After last week’s loss to the University of Puget Sound, the Wildcats were ready to fight hard for wins this week.
“We fought hard and gave great effort, but I think we realized that alone won’t get us what we want,” said Dominic Doty, the women’s soccer head coach. “ Sharpness and concentration for 90 minutes will.”
The game began with junior Anna Sours attempting a goal 27 seconds into the first half, but was blocked by Whitworth goalie Callie Bergstrom.
Whitworth fought back and attempted a goal a minute later but was blocked by sophomore goalie Apolonia Martinez.
After three more attempted goals by the Wildcats, senior MacKenzie Doty scored a goal, assisted by Sours.
“Last week didn’t go exactly how we would have wanted it to, but we still know that we’re a great team and want to play as well as we can, no matter who we’re playing against,” Sours said.
Neither team scored a goal in the second half of the game. Both teams attempted many goals, but couldn’t get past Martinez or Pirate goalie Bergstrom. The game ended in Linfield’s favor, 1-0.
The action on Sunday’s game against Whitman began two minutes in when junior Christine Tamamoto attempted a goal but aimed too wide.
“They work hard and it’s always a fight when we play them,” Sours said.
Freshman Zoe Langsdorf scored a goal for the Wildcats 32 minutes into the game, assisted by Sours.
The second half was just as aggressive as the first, this time Linfield committing the most fouls.
Senior Jenna Quiring scored another goal for the Wildcats, assisted by Langsdorf.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Jaclyn Rudd scored Whitman’s first goal of the game off a penalty kick.
Each team attempted another goal but the score ending the game was 2-1.
After this weekend’s victories, the Wildcats have high hopes of making it to regionals. They are ranked first in the Northwest Conference.
“Only the first place team in the conference gets into regionals, so it’s a big deal and we are hoping to be there for the first time this year,” Sours said.
The Wildcats only have two more games in the regular season, playing against the Pacific University Boxers on Nov. 4 and the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Nov. 5.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
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