The Wildcats fell to the University of Puget Sound in their first home game March 3.
Seniors Brittani Drost and Lynette Cole were honored during a pregame tribute for their commitment to the Linfield
“It’s going to be hard to leave at the end of the season seeing how we consistently improve from practice to practice,” Cole said. “I’m thankful to share this last year with two fantastic coaches and a team full of wonderful, supportive lax bro.”
The Wildcats lost 4-19. The Loggers had almost three times the number of shot attempts than the Wildcats did with a solid 42 to 14.
Senior Grace Reid scored four goals and assisted three teammates against Linfield’s defense.
Nine different players scored for the Loggers compared to four Wildcat scorers.
The Wildcat offense didn’t give up after consecutive Logger shots on goal.
Junior Shelby Duarte, Drost, sophomore Halee Helgerson and senior Nichole Thoens each contributed goals for the offense. Thoens scored her goal in the final 10 minutes signaling a fight left in the Wildcats.
The Wildcat defense was forced to be on its toes against the aggressive Logger offense.
“We played great and made UPS work to win,” sophomore captain Rebecca Kropp said. “None of us see the score board as a big loss but as a huge learning experience. We are such a young program with a new coaching staff and practically a new team this year.”
Linfield (0-1) will take on Pacific University on March 6 at home.
“This game showcased the potential we have to improve and be great in the days, weeks, months and years to come as we continue to learn our strengths and weaknesses as individual players and a team,” Kropp said.
Sarah Mason / Staff Writer
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