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Women’s soccer sweeps weekend games

The women’s soccer team came away with a 3-2 win in double overtime against Whitworth University, as sophomore Tegan Grunwald manages to score the walk off goal 106 minutes into the game on Oct. 27.

The Wildcats also defeated Whitman college 1-0 on Oct. 26. These two wins brought the women to an astounding 14-1-1 record.

Senior Emily Fellows converted in both games, scoring Linfield’s only goal of the game against Whitman. This goal came in the beginning of the second half. She managed to kick the ball though a group of players to score her 17th goal of the season.

Her 18th goal came in the first 20 minutes of Linfield’s game against Whitworth. She dribbled the ball up to the left side corner of the box and converted on the unassisted score.

Fellows leads the league in both total number of goals and total number of shots taken. She leads the goals category by a margin of six, as the next closest player has 12, and owns the total number of shots category with 89.

The game lasted almost two hours, as it ended around the 107 minute mark. Linfield was the only team who took shots in the two overtime periods, totaling four compared to Whitworth’s none. Linfield outshot Whitworth for the entire game as well with 33-5.

The game against Whitworth went back and forth, as each team controlled the lead in at least one point during the game.


Sophomore forward Teagan Grunwald (3) looks to score a goal in the first half of the Oct. 27 game against the Whitworth University Pirates. Grunwald had three shots on goal and scored the game-winning goal in double overtime.
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Linfield scored first, followed by a Whitworth score late in the first half to tie it. Whitworth then took the lead early in the second half, but wasn’t out in front for long. Ellie Schmidt scored Linfield’s second goal which tied the game at two about five minutes later, and it was a deadlock there for the next 50 minutes.

The savior of the game was Grunwald late in the second period of overtime, who scored directly off of a pass from junior Lauren Pyrch after a free kick. This game-winning score was Grunwald’s fourth goal of the year, but by far the most important and exciting.

Linfield has a perfect 10-0 record at home this season, and it will remain perfect as the rest of their games will be on the road. They take on George Fox University at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 in Newberg, followed by a game at the same time on Nov. 3 against Puget Sound University. That game will be played in Takoma, Wash.

Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter


Men’s soccer fall to Lutes, Loggers

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


Soccer’s fast pace equals more injuries

As I was watching the men’s soccer game on Oct. 19, not only did I see our Wildcats crush Pacific University 4-2, but I also noticed how physical soccer was as a sport. The players never seemed to stop moving.

They were always chasing after the ball, dribbling the ball past the opposing players and even sliding aggressively in attempt to switch team possession.

If you haven’t caught on yet, soccer was not a significant part of my life. It wasn’t popular where I was growing up. And I admit that last Saturday was my first time watching a soccer game. Despite what others have told me about the pace of the game, I actually enjoyed the slower pace. Even though the game wasn’t as fast-paced as football or basketball, I felt like the excitement never really stopped. It looked like all the players where consistently being competitive and never stopped moving.

I would like to emphasize this point because it pretty much blows me away.  Pretty much every player, excluding the goalie, had to go from running with stamina to short spurts of sprints and heavy footwork. Not only did they have to make that transition, but the players had to do so quickly to maintain possession of the ball.

Even though I am fairly uneducated when it comes to soccer, I do know as a runner  of that particular variety of movements is very demanding on your lower bodies. I became curious of the types of injuries soccer players faced because of the nature of the sport and so I did a little research.

Some injuries are pretty predictable. The top four most common injuries include sprains, strains, fractures and knee injuries.

After ankle sprains, medial collateral ligament sprains of the knee are most common. Muscle strains are also a common injury soccer player’s face. Most strains occur most commonly with groin muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps. Although muscle strains are often over-looked as small and annoying pains, muscle strains do keep players off the field as it can lead to more serious injuries in the future.

The majority of soccer-related fractures happen in the lower extremities.  Although fractures can be very serious, an easy way to protect a player from fractures is to ensure that proper protective gear, shin guards, are being utilized.

As knee injuries are dominant in runners, it makes sense that soccer players also have to deal with a substantial amount of knee injuries. In fact, knee injuries are the most common type of major injury in soccer. Many knee injuries, especially ACL ruptures, occur away from contact. They are often the result of putting too much of a load on the knee joint during the sudden stops and starts.

One of the most surprising injuries in my opinion are head injuries. I assumed that if soccer players knew how to head the ball properly, that they wouldn’t have to worry about head injuries. Well to my surprise, head injuries have become a cause of concern for some members of the soccer community. In an article found in Medical News Today entitled “Soccer Headers can lead to brain Injury,” advanced scans show that soccer players who head the ball frequently have changes in the white matter of their brain that mirror those seen in traumatic head injuries. This finding is causing a lot of concern for soccer fans, especially since according to U.S. Youth Soccer statistics estimated that about 3,020,633 youth are participating in soccer this year alone.

So knowing the top five injuries in soccer, what are the most dangerous positions? According to Ortho Northeast, a website that specializes in injury information and treatments, the most dangerous positions on the field were forward and goalkeeper. Forwards accounted for 28 percent of the injuries, as forwards are expected to have speed, good footwork, and a powerful shot. Goalkeepers on the other hand accounted for 18 percent of injuries as goalies have to have good positioning, fast reaction and good ball handling skills.

These are just a few interesting things I found in terms of injuries in soccer. I have new found respect for the game of soccer and regret not discovering the beauty of the sport earlier. However, for all of those looking to pick up the sport, remember to have fun and to keep these potential injuries in mind.

Camille Weber / Sports columnist

Camille Weber can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Men’s soccer fights its way to a win

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.

Men's Soccer 2 jpegJunior 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. Men's Soccer jpeg 4He 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.Men's Soccer jpeg 5

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 Men's Soccer jpegwhere 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

Drew Mahrt can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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

Women’s soccer score while wearing pink

The Linfield women’s soccer team beat Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 12 with the final score being 2-1. They also played and beat Lewis & Clark College the next day with a score of 5-0. The Wildcats record is now up to an impressive 10-1.

Senior Emily Fellows contributed two of Linfield’s goals in their game against Lewis & Clark, giving her a total of 15 goals on the season. She leads the team in that aspect.

Linfield split the other goals between three different players. Sophomore Marisa Specht was in on the second goal Linfield scored. Junior Ellie Schmidt was the assister on the play. Specht managed to bounce the ball of off her shoulder following the pass from Schmidt.

Schmidt also scored a goal of her own in the first half. That made her fourth goal of the year, second highest on the team after Fellows.

Sophomore Emma Vukic was the final scorer of the day, with great second effort after Schmidt’s missed shot getting Vukic her third goal of the season.

Again, the Wildcats took a plethora of shots, totaling 24 on the game and held their opposition to just five. Linfield’s great defense yet again prevailed in helping them improve their already spectacular record.

The day before they played Pacific Lutheran and came away with a similar, but closer result. They managed to win the game with excellent defense and a 3-1 ratio of shots taken, totaling 21 against Pacific Lutheran’s seven.

Fellows was yet again the scorer in Linfield’s win, contributing both of their goals.

Her second goal was definitely one to remember, as she headed the ball over the goalies head and just inside the top left corner of the goal.

Schmidt was awarded the only assist of the game, assisting Fellows in her header for the score.

The game also featured the Linfield athletic department and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, where the game was “pinked out,” in support of breast cancer awareness month. This is the first of several sporting events to be “pinked out” during October.

The Wildcats are off on the road for their next game where they will take on Pacific University. This game will be at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Forest Grove. The last time they faced Pacific, they won 4-2.

By Drew Mahrt / Senior Sports Reporter


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Midfielder Lindzee Baker (8) takes a shot on goal against Pacific Lutheran goalie Takara Mitsui (21). Baker had two shots on goal during the Oct. 12 match against PLU.