Men’s soccer splits landslide win with close loss

The men’s soccer team left the weekend with one win and one loss.

The ‘Cats pulled another conference victory against Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 22, winning 3-1.

In the first four minutes of the game, freshman Domenico Del Prete attempted three goals at the Lutes’ keeper. They reacted with two shots, but sophomore keeper Grant Loriaux didn’t let them get past him.

Senior Tyler Sedlacek slipped in his third goal of the season, giving the ‘Cats an early lead. Loriaux remained strong as he saved shot attempts, playing a major role in the Wildcats’ defense.

Senior Danny Snelgrow sent a cross toward Del Prete, who sent the shot straight into the net.

The Wildcats only took five shots at the goal, while the Lutes attempted 13 shots.

Right at the beginning of the second half, sophomore Tyler Repic gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead, with a shot made from the six-yard box.

Possession of the ball went back and forth throughout the half. The Lutes’ keeper had to make his second save as sophomore Jake Baker sent in a goal demanding shot.

Pacific Lutheran refused to let the ‘Cats take a landslide win and sent a shot right at the goal. It was deflected into the net and was called as an own goal. The Lutes continued on their offensive stride with three consecutive shots aimed at Loriaux.

By the end of the game, both teams made 23 fouls throughout the match.

The Wildcats took a shut out loss against Puget Sound on Oct. 20, losing 2-0.

The Loggers went into the game having lost the last five of its matches and broke the streak with the win against the Wildcats. The ‘Cats went in strong early into the match with Baker having a shot attempt and two corner kicks before the clock elapsed four minutes.

Loriaux was pressured with three shots within two minutes and made a pair of saves.

At the end of the half, the Lutes had a one-point lead.

Baker and senior Harper Taylor continuously tried to break through the Loggers’ defense to score but were shut out throughout the remainder of the half.

Senior Brad Dupea made another shot attempt with a corner kick but it went wide.

By the end of the match the Loggers led in shot attempts with 22-7.

The Wildcats will play Whitman next Oct. 27 at home.

 

Ivanna Tucker

Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at

linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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