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McCool moves up as new head coach

A new head women’s soccer coach has officially been hired after the resignation of Head Coach Dominic Doty last year.

Cole McCool, formerly the assistant coach for women’s soccer, was officially offered the position on Feb. 11, after an interview process with Athletic Director Scott Carnahan and Assistant Athletic Director Doug Hire.

“I had hoped for the past few years that when [Doty] decided to move on in his coaching career that I would be a natural replacement,” McCool said in an email. “[Doty] and I spoke a lot about how best to transition the girls and the program, and it went very smoothly.”

McCool has always had a passion for soccer, and began coaching youth soccer clubs in his hometown when he was in high school. McCool later received a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

After graduating in 2007 he continued coaching boys and girls youth club soccer, and in 2010 began coaching women’s soccer at Linfield after Doty, a childhood friend of McCool, asked McCool to be his assistant.

“I am not planning on making many changes, because [Doty] basically did everything right,” McCool said. “The culture is great in the program, and the players are as talented as any team in the country.”

Many of the players were nervous once Doty announced his resignation, as many of them didn’t want someone completely new to the program coaching them. However, many players were pleased with the smooth transition from Doty to McCool.

“I couldn’t be happier that [McCool] got the job,” junior Ellie Schmidt said. “Now that they have hired someone, especially within the program, the tide has calmed and I think the team is really coming to terms with the situation.”

McCool is looking forward to being able to “put [his] stamp and playing philosophy on the program,” as well as tweaking certain aspects of how the team trains and play games.

“I just hope to keep the ball rolling and hopefully motivate and push the girls to achieve even more success and continue to love the game,” McCool said.

Samantha Sigler/Editor-in-chief


Wildcats fall in last games of the season

Woman’s soccer lost their two final conference game against Lewis & Clark College with a score of 2-1 on Nov. 8 and Pacific Lutheran University with a battle in double overtime that ended with a goal from the Lutes making the final score 3-2 on Nov. 9.

In the Lewis & Clark game freshman Molly McCool score the only goal for the ’Cats that tied the game 1-1 until the Pioneers were able to pull ahead less than 10 minutes later.

This was the first time that Linfield has suffered back-to-back conference losses since 2009.

“There are days when our team just clicks.” Freshman Erin Moller said. “There is always a bit of anxiety connected with away games, and our goal is to pinpoint that feeling and get a feel for what we can do as a team to overcome that anxiety. When we decide as a team to get out there and play our game, we succeed.”

The next day the Wildcats went against the Lutes for the final game in conference for both teams.

The Lutes started off with the lead and didn’t let the ’Cats score until the second half, where senior Emily Fellows scored her conference-leading 20 season goal to put them on the board.

Sophomore Tegan Grunwald then tied it up with the Lutes with at 2-2 that pushed the two teams into double overtime.

The game ended with Pacific Lutheran scoring after three attempts against the Wildcats.

With these two losses, Linfield finished the season 11-4-1 making them one win shy of first place in Northwest Conference standing.

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor


Freshman stands out on soccer field


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.


Freshman goalkeeper Jorge Rodriguez (1) kicks the ball down the field during the first half of the Nov. 9 game. Rodriguez had 52 saves and gave up 19 goals total this season.
Spencer Beck/Staff Photographer

“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


Men’s soccer improves each year

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


Women’s soccer falls to second in conference

The women’s soccer team had back-to-back away games this weekend winning one on Nov. 2 in a close match against George Fox University, 1-0 and the team lost the next day, Nov. 3 against Puget Sound University, 0-2.

The Wildcats’ win on Saturday Nov. 2 wasn’t an easy one. The girls made 36 attempts on goal during the whole game.

They only scoring in the second half by the teams star shooter senior Emily Fellows. Fellows made 12 attempted shots leading the team.

The defense was up like usual, only letting George Fox get close enough to shot seven times all of which were deflected by sophomore Kallina Haase.

The team continued on their trip away by going to play Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. The team attempted to shoot nine times, but none of them resulted in a goal.

The Loggers were able to get around the Wildcats defense two times, both in the first half and were able to keep the ’Cats at bay for the rest of the game.

This is the second lost that the women’s team has had all season.

This loss however did more than wreak their stats. It moved the Wildcats down to second in the Northwest Conference below Puget Sound by that one game.

The ’Cats will stay away for the rest of the conference season.

The Wildcats are still playing games away. Next week’s game against Lewis & Clark University will be in Portland, Ore. on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. and another against Pacific Lutheran University at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 at Tacoma, Wash.

Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor