Wildcats remain in running for championship
The Linfield women’s soccer team celebrated Senior Night and a crucial win against the Puget Sound Loggers on Oct. 21 to remain in the running for the Conference Championship. The Wildcats claimed the road win against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Oct. 20 to finish the weekend with two more victories tacked onto their streak.
The match against Puget Sound was hard fought, as the Loggers have won the conference title for 10 years running and were leading the ‘Cats 1-0 until well into the second half.
Senior Julia Vaughan evened things up by dribbling into the box and making a shot that caused the ball to bounce off of the far post and land into the net.
“We had been putting a lot of pressure on their defensive line the whole second half so we knew a goal was coming. I was just able to get around the defender and get a shot off. I am just glad it went in,” Vaughan said in an email.
The drama did not stop there, when immediately after Vaughan’s goal a player from the Logger’s team was issued a yellow card for a rough foul.
“Despite being down 1-0, I felt like we had the momentum. It was just a matter of finding that goal. Once I scored, we were just able to keep pushing and find that next goal from Lindzee,” Vaughan said, recounting sophomore Lindzee Baker’s first career goal that sealed off the 2-1 win for the Wildcats.
“I think it being Senior Day was just another motivator to come out and play our hardest. It was a real team effort today, which made the win that much better,” Vaughan said.
Before the game commenced the senior Wildcats were honored for their work ethic, commitment and leadership.
The Wildcats prevailed against Pacific Lutheran with a 1-0 victory to complete the sweep of the Lutes this season. The game’s lone scorer was junior Em Fellows with an early goal about 12 minutes into the first half.
“Obviously everyone on the team plays a part whenever anyone scores a goal, but today every position was fighting,” Fellows said in an email. “The defense wasn’t letting anything into our half and the midfield was winning all the 50-50 balls and getting them back up to the forwards. Just having that constant pressure everywhere on the field helped me score because it wore the PLU defense down not ever having time to rest.”
The ‘Cats struggled to reciprocate their successful play in the second half.
“[During the Oct. 20 game,] we came out energized and excited to play. We never let down and we completely dominated the first half,” Fellows said. “However during the second half we came out slow and struggled to string passes together. It seemed that we had all gotten a little too comfortable since we were up 1- 0.”
Another standout player for the ‘Cats was the goalie junior Taylor Collinsworth, who made a total of three stops to enforce a scoreless game for the Lutes.
One more weekend elapsed, and two more wins achieved, the women’s soccer team seems to be in just the right spot as the post-season nears.
“Our team has progressed great over the course of the season,” Fellows said. “We have improved on things that we have wanted to improve on, and we seem to be hitting our peak at the perfect time.”
Keep an eye on the triumphant Wildcats as they take on the George Fox Bruins on Oct. 28.
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Freshman Marisa Specht dribbles the ball down the field during the Puget Sound game on Oct. 21 at home, winning 2-1.