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With 50 plus saves and great leadership abilities, freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez is the main man to watch at Linfield soccer games.
After lettering three times and being the team captain in high school play, as well as being a second team all-Metro League honoree, Rodriguez came into Linfield knowing how to take over and give the team the best chance to win. Rodriguez has started in every game he has played in all but one, playing over 1000 total minutes this season. He missed four games due to injury late in the season, but still managed to reach the 50 save mark, finishing the year with 52 saves.
“Reaching the 50 save mark feels good, although it wasn’t something I was aware of,” Rodriguez said. “I just did my part to help us win.”
He gave up an average of 1.71 goals per game, giving up 19 total goals, but saved a little over 73 percent of shots that came his way.
He was not very happy with his play this year, however, saying, “I could have done much better preparing myself during the offseason, and done a better job on the field. I don’t feel like I played up to my full potential.”
He felt a little better about how the team played as a whole, but still believes they could be much better.
“I am decently happy with how we did, but I know we could have done better. A lot of the guys on the team would agree with that,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez expects that the team will do much better next year, and will work hard during the offseason in order to ensure the best chance of success for him and his team.
“My expectations for next year are to finish top three in league and get eight total clean sheets,” Rodriguez said. “We have a very young team full of potential.”
The Wildcats ended their season with a record of 8-9-1, improving from year to year. This young Linfield team will look to take a another step further next year and reach the .500.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
Linfield added two losses to their record during the weekend of Nov. 2, moving them to sixth in the Northwest Conference and sending their record to 8-8-2.
The Wildcats took on the Whitman College Missionaries on Nov. 2, but came away with the loss due to three Whitman goals late in the second.
While Linfield did score their first goal since Oct. 20, they still couldn’t manage to keep their opponents from scoring. They lost the game 4-1.
Linfield also took the loss against Whitworth University on Nov. 3, with the final score being 3-0.
Linfield sits at an 8-8-2 record and, with only one game left, hopes to stay above .500.
Linfield has, however, officially improved from last year to now. The Wildcats’ record last year was 7-11, whereas this year they have eight wins with a game left to go.
The Wildcats have finished in sixth place during five out of their last six seasons, but are showing major improvement as of late and giving hope to a fifth place or better season next year.
The freshman talent has been a huge factor in Linfield’s improvement, as their second leading scorer freshman Nicholas Autencio has contributed five goals, just three behind the team’s leading scorer.
Freshmen keeper Jorge Rodriguez and defender Wyatt Lay have also been key parts of the Wildcat defense. Rodriguez has recorded 50 plus saves this year even with missing four of the games, and has done a fantastic job of keeping Linfield’s opponents from racking up high scoring games.
Lay has been a brick wall on defense rarely letting his man get by him. He has played the full 180 minutes in the majority of his starts, and has earned every minute of that.
Linfield plays Willamette in their final game of the year. While this may not be a championship deciding game, it is still a key game to the Wildcats season, as a win will take their record to 9-8-2, putting them above .500. This game will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, here at the Linfield soccer field.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
The Linfield men’s soccer team took two losses on the weekend of Oct. 26, losing to both Puget Sound University and Pacific Lutheran University.
Linfield’s game against Puget Sound went downhill during the second half. Puget Sound only managed to get one goal about halfway into the first half against the tough Linfield defense, but after Linfield scored on themselves, it’s defense didn’t keep it’s tough status, giving up three more goals in the second.
On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats just couldn’t get anything going, their offense did fairly well getting the ball downfield, but could not convert those drives into goals as they would either lose the ball or miss the shot.
Linfield freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez managed to save four shots, but was overwhelmed by Puget Sound’s group-based offense getting passed his last line of defenders, leaving Rodriguez with two or three-on-one situations.
Linfield played Pacific Lutheran in its game on Oct. 27 and took another loss with a final score of 3-0.
Pacific Lutheran scored its first goal within six minutes of the game starting and didn’t turn back. Linfield did manage to put up two more shots than their opponent, but it wasn’t nearly enough to help them win the game, as they were shut out for the second game in a row.
Much like Linfield’s previous game, they only allowed one goal in the first half, but tired out in the second and gave up two more.
Rodriguez saved another four shots, but was overrun again by swarms of opposing offenders. He recorded his 50th save of the year in this game.
The Wildcats will take on Whitman at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and Whitworth at the same time on Nov. 3. Both of these games will be played on the road before coming back and finishing their regular season with a game at home.
Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter
The Linfield men’s soccer team increase its win streak to five after defeating Pacific University, 4-2, and George Fox University, 3-1.
With freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez still out in Linfield’s game against Pacific, their offense came through and got the Wildcats the win.
Junior keeper Grant Loriaux saved four of Pacific’s six shots on goal and helped his team get downfield quickly with his powerful kicks from the goalie box.
It was freshman Brian Degrandmont who led the Cat’s to victory, scoring two on their goals. One of which came about two minutes into the game, and the other early in the second half, which was ultimately the game-winning score.
Nicholas Autencio also contributed to the win by scoring his fourth goal of the season. This goal came a few minutes after Degrandmont gave Linfield the lead and helped take a little pressure off of its defense and keeper.
Degrandmont was also the star of the game in Linfield defeat over George Fox on Oct. 20. He contributed another two goals, with another score within the first five minutes and one near the end of the first half.
The freshmen now has eight total goals on the season.
Autencio added another goal to his total as well, placing him second on the team list for goals this season.
The win against George Fox also marked Jorge Rodriguez’s return from the injury list.
A notable statistic in this game was the extremely high number of fouls called on both teams. Linfield and George Fox combined for 36 fouls during the course of the game, tallying seven a piece in the first half and eleven in the second. There were a few occasions where the referees were forced to step in to stop potential fights, and George Fox was issued a red card early in the second half.
Linfield plays University of Puget Sound at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at home, followed by a game at 2:30 on Oct. 27 against Pacific Lutheran University, also at home.
Drew Mahrt / Senior sports reporter
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Goalkeeper Jorge Rodriguez (1) saves a goal during the Oct. 20 game against George Fox University. Rodriguez saved three goals and gave up one during this game. Linfield’s next game is on Oct. 26 against the University of Puget Sound in McMinnville.
Helen Lee/Photo editor
Midfielder Brian DeGrandmont (5) attempts to drive the ball up the field against George Fox University midfielder Luke Dickens (7). DeGrandmont scored two goals during the Oct. 20 game. The first was assisted by forward Tyler Repic (10) and the second by midfielder Rhys Lendio (22).
Helen Lee/Photo Editor
The Linfield men’s soccer team defeated Willamette University in a close battle, scoring a goal late in the second half to win 1-0.
This pushes the Wildcats record up to 6-4-1.
This win also helped their divisional record, making them 3-3-1 against in conference opponents.
Freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez was out with a shoulder injury, and was replaced by junior Grant Loriaux in the game on Oct. 12.
He played an excellent game filling in for Rodriguez, making a total of five saves and not allowing a single goal.
This was Loriaux’s second start of the season.
Rodriguez commented on Loriaux’s play after the game.
“He played really well and responded well to every type of attack Willamette had, whether it was long throw-ins, crosses, or shots,” Rodrigues said. “His decision making was really good and he handled shots well, holding onto the ball and not giving them second chances,” Rodrigues said.
Loriaux and Rodriguez are very competitive for the starting job, but still manage to keep the competition in good spirit and not let it become a war of two enemies.
The only goal score came late in the game off the foot of sophomore Ivan Colin.
Colin came up clutch by putting the Wildcats ahead with just two minutes to spare in the game. This was Colin’s second goal of the year.
The assist was given to sophomore Domenico Del Prete, as he passed the ball over to his teammate about five yards shy of the goal, where Colin powered it into the upper left corner of the net.
Linfield and Willamette were even in all aspects the entire game. Linfield took 13 shots, four on goal, compared to Willamette’s 12, five on goal.
The Wildcats keeper made five saves compared to the Bearcats three. It was merely a difference of Linfield’s final shot of the game that decided the victor.
Linfield plays its next game against Pacific University, where they will try to extend their winning streak to four. That game will be played here at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at home.
By Drew Mahrt / Senior Sports Reporter