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

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