After a slow start being down 1-0 going into the half, the Wildcats came out with a vengeance in the second where precision accuracy with their passes and well placed shots on goal eventually put them in the lead.
Senior Emily Fellows got the Cats started, scoring their first two goals within seconds of each other, and sophomore Tegan Grunwald gave the team an insurance goal a few minutes later.
It was then the defense who ultimately kept Linfield ahead with a few excellent stops by the goalkeepers, sophomore Kallina Haase and senior Amy Hammerquist, and lock-down defense from the entire team. Linfield won its second game of the year as well. The first half put them up 4-0 and they kept that momentum going into the second playing perfect defense yet again and holding Howard Payne scoreless. They went on to score one more goal, giving them a 5-0 victory and improving their so far flawless record to 2-0.
Fellow recorded another goal for the Wildcats, her third of the season, giving her a 1.5 goals-per-game scoring average after her first two games.
The Wildcats also got some help off of their bench, with juniors Laurel Huth and Emily Ing scoring their first goals of the season.
Coach Dominic Doty’s Wildcats, projected to finish as the number one team in the Northwest Conference, are definitely meeting standards so far this season with a total point differential of 8-1. The women’s soccer team hopes keep up this hot start through the rest of the season and prove the projections right by finishing on top.
Linfield’s next matchup is against Oregon Technical Institute on Sept. 11, as well as their next game against Corban University Sept. 14, will be played away from Linfield. They play at home again on Sept. 18 at game will be at 7:00 p.m. against Pacific University.
Senior Emily Fellows scores a goal against Howard Payne at the Aug. 31 which the wildcast won 4-0. The girls go into the next rounds of games undeafeated as they talke on Pacific Unifersity on sept. 18.
Photo by Helen Lee