Daily Archives: October 8, 2013

Women’s soccer remains conference leaders

DSC_3125-2The Linfield Wildcats women’s soccer team played against the Willamette University Bearcats on Oct. 6 bringing home their ninth win of the year, defeating the Bearcats 4-1.

They split their goals evenly throughout the game, scoring two in the first half and two in the second.

It was senior Emily Fellows who got the team started about 20 minutes into the game with an unassisted goal, finding a wide open net when the ball came her way after a deflection. That was Fellows’ 11th goal of the season.

Linfield’s second goal came shortly after off the foot of freshman Kendra McSheridan, her first of the year. This was another goal that was caused by the Bearcats keeper, as she dropped a corner kick right at the feet of McSheridan who found the back of the net.

DSC_3084-1Linfield’s third and fourth goals came from junior Ellie Schmidt, off of an assist by Fellows and senior Sara Miller, her second, which was an unassisted score that took a bounce off of the post before finding its way into the goal.

Willamette did try to come back in the end, but it was far too late. They scored their one and only goal of the game on a midfield boot that flew over the Linfield keepers head.

Linfield had an astounding 20 shots, 11 on goal, in comparison to Willamette’s four. Their defense made sure that the ball spent the majority of it’s time in Linfield’s possession.

The Wildcat keeper, senior Taylor Collinsworth, made three great saves and only let one get past.

Linfield was ecstatic to get this win, bouncing back from their first loss of the season. They will hope to start their winning streak back up again next weekend where they will try to improve their record to 11 wins and only one loss.

They play Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 12 at Linfield. They will then take on Lewis and Clark  College on Oct. 13, also a home game. Both of these games are at noon.


By Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter



Freshman forward Molly McCool goes up against Bearcats’ Paige Lacourte, during Linfield’s 4-1 win over the Bearcats. The Wildcats took 20 shots on goal during the match.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer


’Cats celebrate Homecoming with a win

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Senior cornerback Brandon Funk (31) runs toward the end zone in the third quarter. Funk made one of the four total interceptions and was the only one to gain any yards.
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The still undefeated football team shut out the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes 29-0, on Oct. 5.

The ’Cats faced the long-time rivals the Lutes for Linfield’s homecoming game. This is the  longest winning streak that either of the teams have had with 13 straight wins for the Wildcats starting all the way in 2003. The team also tied there past largest margin of victory and this is the 39 win out of 64 games against the Pacific Lutherans.

IMG_4555-23 jpeg“Anytime you play a team with a history you have to look at their team’s continuity,” head coach Joe Smith said. “After playing them for so many years it can almost bring back too much information. It creates an interesting schematic guessing game.”

Before the game had taken place, the Lutes were set at 11th in the nation with Linfield going ahead at second place. Still any game between a team in the top-15 is sure to be a game changer.

“There was definitely a lot of pressure riding on this game, but not necessarily because it was homecoming weekend,” sophomore Brian Balsiger said in an email. “The pressure came from facing an elite conference team contending for a conference title. If there was ever a game to get excited about it was this one.”

The game started in a tug-of-war competitions with both sides getting their turn with the ball, before senior Josh Hill ran it into the end zone with 24 seconds to spare. After that, no other points were scored until the forth quarter where Linfield gain its final 22 points. The offense constantly pushed forward and was only tripped up by fluke mistakes and a few penalties.

“The offense came through when it mattered,” senior Kyle Wright said in an email. “PLU’s defensive scheme is tough to block and to sustain drives against. The offense started to shine to full potential in the fourth quarter once [Josh] Yoder took over with his feet which Football Game 4.1 by 2.2 jpegled to holes in their pass defense. The receivers made some incredible plays and our stable of running backs punished the Lutes all game.”

The ’Cats defense didn’t let the Lutes get comfortable once on their home turf. Linfield intercepted four balls and one in particular senior Brandon Funk achieved 31 yards after a quick catch.

“I think our defense stepped up big time,” junior Colin Nelson said in an email. “It’s tough to get a shutout regardless let alone one of the best teams in the country. Then being able to force five turnovers was definitely a huge key to our success. It helps us a ton from the offensive side knowing that even if we aren’t having our best game that the [defense] will keep us in it and give us a shot to win.”

After a strong start to the conference season the team will take a bye week to catch up on their health and condition themselves for the upcoming game.

“We are [going to] use the bye week to make sure we all get healthy and ready to go for the second half of the season,” Nelson said in an email. “We have had a tough schedule up until this point with the travel and the quality of teams we have played and it will definitely be nice to rest up a bit.”

After the bye week ends, the team will be headed straight into the conference season in an away game against Whitworth University Pirates on Oct. 19 in Spokane, Wash.

By Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor


Freshman running back, Spencer Payne (28), tries to get through the Lutes’ defense. Payne had one carry for 13 yards. The ’Cats are taking a bye week, but will be back the next week when playing against Whitworth University on Oct. 19 in Spokane, Wash.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Senior quarterback Josh Yoder tries to get by the PLU defense during Linfield’s Homecoming football game on Oct. 5. Yoder had 13 carries good for a net gain of 67 yards.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer


’Cats continue on road to conference

The two golf teams played at the Culturama Classic at The Reserve on Oct. 5-7 in Aloha, Ore.

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Senior Ali Smith goes for a chip during a qualifying round at the Michelbook Country Club before a competition on Oct. 5.
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The woman’s golf team started the tournament off stron  g with two players in the top ten.

Freshman Abigail Heringer was tied for fifth place with a 78 and sophomore Maggie Harlow was at tenth place with an 81 by the end of the first day.

“I thought it went pretty well,” Heringer said. “It was a tough course and there were a lot of bunkers. We were all pretty happy with how we did.”

On the second day, the team ended with daily score of 361, which was eight points lower than the previous day, and a total score of 730.

A highlight from that day was Heringer who was keeping it consistent with a score of 78 and PULL3256-5getting seventh place, leading the team with a total score of 156. The team finished fifth out of seven other schools.

“I think we did okay,” Harlow said. “We hit the ball well a lot, but it just didn’t show in our scores. Overall it was a nice weekend with some good weather.”

The team is taking a week off for practice where they will work on their short game and keeping themselves focused until they face Lewis & Clark University at their duel on their home course, Michelbook.

“We want to work on our mental game,” head coach Brynn Hurdus said. “That’s something we can always work on and that’s part of the reason our scores are so low. They always have a positive attitude, but we need to work on keeping it there PULL3193-3during tournaments.”

The men’s golf team’s tournament started on Oct. 6 and will continue on till Oct. 7.

The team ended the first day in sixth place out of 11 teams. Key players were junior Kevin Kawasaki who is at tenth place with a score of 74 and junior Taylor Pirnke left with a score of 78.

“It could have been better,” Pirnke said. “A couple of guys ran into some bad holes and that made our scores increase. I think we started to get the hang of it and we will do better tomorrow.”

The men’s team will continue their tournament tomorrow and will be playing a previously canceled tournament at The Reserve on Oct. 20-21.


By Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor


Volleyball team gets scratched out by Bruins, Boxers

The Linfield volleyball team get torn down by the George Fox University Bruins and the Pacific University Boxers on homecoming weekend, Oct. 4 and 5.

A Wildcat win slip through their paws and into the hands of Pacific on Oct. 5 with a tough three set loss.

Starting the first set, the Wildcats were slow to start, earning the first point off a service error by Pacific. The ‘Cats regain their footing momentarily earning kills by sophomore Shayli Coppock, juniors Kailana Ritte-Camara and Victoria Thompson, and freshman Molly McTaggart. Bringing the score up to 5-8, Linfield fought to catch the Boxers, but Pacific managed to stay ahead. The set ended 20-25 and a Pacific University win.

The second set was kicked off with an attack error made by Ritte-Camara, followed by a kill by Pacific, quickly earning the Boxers a two-point lead. Shortly after, Coppock earned Linfield’s first point of the set. Tying several times during the set, but in the end the Wildcats fell 21-25.

The final set against Pacific started off with a Wildcat lead, with Ritte Camara earning the first kill of the set. For the first few points, Linfield kept up with the Boxers but they slowly pulled ahead, burying the Wildcats 15-25.

“Communication was good, but I think in volleyball there is always room to improve,” Thompson said in an email. “We just need to find that fire we have when it’s game point and apply it throughout the whole game.”

Linfield also faced off with George Fox on Oct. 4 in Newberg, Ore.

The ‘Cats once again could not find their finish against the Bruins going 0-3 sets.

“The communication at the George Fox game was pretty good. Because Coach Shane changed the lineup, it required a lot more communication and teamwork to perform the way we did,” freshman Casie Gaza said.

The first set ended 16-25. The second set finished with a score of 20-25, and the final set was won by the Bruins, 17-25. Despite this lose, the Wildcats know what they need to work on next game.

“We just need to beat the mental part of the game,” Thompson said in an email. “We all have the physical side down and have amazing potential, we just need to execute now and put that potential to use.”

The Wildcats will play their next four games at home, starting with Whitworth University on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., followed by a game against Whitman College on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

By Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor



Junior outside hitter Kailana Ritte-Kamara goes up to spike the ball past the two Pacific University blockers. Ritte-Camara had nine kills, leading the Wildcats on the night. The team is going up against Whitworth University on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Whitman College on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

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Freshman outside hitter Molly McTaggart hits the ball over the head of the two Pacific  University defenders on Oct. 5. The Wildcats lost to Pacific by a score of 0-3.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Men’s soccer breaks losing streak with two wins

The Wildcats men’s soccer team played against the Pacific University Boxers and got their second win in a row on Oct. 6, their first coming against the George Fox University Bruins on Oct. 5.

These two wins helped push the team above .500, as they now stand at 5-4-1, pushing them up to fifth in overall standings.

Linfield’s first game against George Fox was a close one, but the ’Cats managed to come out on top with a late second half goal scored by freshman Nicholas Autencio, his third score of the season.

Freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez managed to block five shots, only allowing one to get past him.Men's Soccer 1.9444 by 1.4842 jpeg

Linfield took 17 shots on goal against George Fox’s 18, but the extra shot for George Fox wasn’t enough to come back against Linfield’s stellar defense.

Playing against Pacific, Linfield managed to win by two with the final score being 3-1. They score one of their goals in the first half and two in the second.

Senior Jake Baker started the Wildcats off scoring their first goal around the 25 minute mark coming from a penalty kick. That goal gave him three on the year.

Sophomore Ivan Colin scored his first goal of the season in the second half. After three shots, he finally managed to find the back of the net coming off of an assist by freshman Eric Conte, who passed the ball back to set him up.

Linfield’s third goal of the game came from a similar play. Sophomore Domenico Del Prete set up freshman Brian Degrandmont, who scored his fourth goal of the year. Degrandmont now leads the team in scores.

Rodriguez had another fantastic game against Pacific, recording eight saves.

Junior keeper Grant Loriaux made an amazing save in the end of the game when he subbed in for Rodriguez. He saved a penalty kick from about 20 yards out, just barely getting a finger on the ball to deflect it away.

Linfield plays their next game against Willamette University at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. The game will be an away, as they will be playing in Salem, Ore.

By Drew Mahrt/Senior sports editor