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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


Winning streak comes to an end for women’s soccer

The Wildcats took their first loss of the season on Sept. 29 in Walla Walla, Wash., against Whitman College, ending their winning streak with a score of 2-0.

The Wildcats had managed a perfect 8-0 record until their match against one of fellow Northwest Conference team, Whitman College.

Even though they have a loss on their record now, they still have a very impressive gals-goals against ratio, leading their conference at  24-6.

They are still leading the conference with an overall record  of 8-1 and 4-1 conference. The closest competitors are Whitman with a 7-3 record, and Pacific with a 6-1-2 record.

The Linfield Women’s soccer team started off on Sept. 28 in Spokane, Wash., playing Whitworth University. The team walked away with their eighth win of the season.

Senior Emily Fellows score tacked on her ninth and tenth goals of the year, scoring both of Linfield’s goals in their 2-0 win.

After this win, they improved their record to 8-0, with four wins and not a single loss in conference.

Fellows said that they “played well as a team, moved the ball really well and never gave [Whitworth] any real chances on goal.”

She also added that the game against Whitworth was “one of the best games we have played all season.”

This high praise by the Linfield team leader did not carry over into their second game of the week though.

“We were not ready for the physicality of the game and we let them have chances on goal that they capitalized on,” Fellows said. This was only Fellow’s third game without scoring a goal.

The Wildcats hope to bounce back and start another winning streak with their game against Willamette University on Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. at home.

This is the beginning to a home-game stretch through Oct. 16.

By Drew Mahrt/ Senior sports reporter


Men’s soccer continues cold streak

The Linfield Men’s soccer team’s losing streak has ensued. The team tied on Sept. 28 and lost on Sept. 29.

The Wildcats ran into more tough match-ups and could not pull through. On Sept 28., they tied with Pacific Lutheran University after double overtime with a blanked out score of 0-0.

The two teams combined for 32 shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net in any of them.

Linfield goalkeeper, freshman Jorge Rodriguez, kept Pacific Lutheran University scoreless with six saves in the game, but the Wildcats offense could not prevail.

Rodriguez commented about what goes through his mind as a shot is coming at him.

“The very first thing I ask myself is, ‘how much time do I have to make the save?’” Rodriguez said in an email. “Goalies make their decision to step right or left and dive high or low in a split second.”

“In a 1-v-1 between the forward and the keeper, it’s all about timing,” Rodriguez said in an email. “As soon as the forward takes his touch, I will come out with everything I got, making myself as big as possible to cover the most amount of space, and finally take the hit to the ball and through the player.”

Linfield’s defense did not continue into the game on Sept. 29. They allowed three goals in their 3-1 loss against Puget Sound University.

Surprisingly, less shots on goal were taken in this game than the previous one with only 26 total. Four total goals were sold.

Rodriguez, who split time in front of the goal in this game with junior Grant Loriaux, accounted for two saves but allowed three goals.

“I feel like I played poorly, but not because I missed easy stops,” Loriaux said in an email. “I didn’t do my normal work before the ball was crossed. I should have checked the back posts to make sure everyone was marked, then followed their runners to the near posts. Thats how they scored their goals.”

Linfield managed to score a goal, but couldn’t get any other offense going. Freshman Rhys Lendio was the man responsible for Linfield’s one and only goal, coming off of an assist by senior Jake Baker. That was his first goal of the year.

Linfield will hope to break their cold streak and bring home a win at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 against George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.

That game will be followed by a game at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Forest Grove, Ore. against Pacific University.

By Drew Mahrt/ Senior sports reporter


Key players to look for in the fall season

With all the excitement surrounding football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and golf seasons beginning, I figure it would be a good idea to let the Linfield student body know who the clutch players are and what we can expect from them this fall sports season.

Let’s start with golf.  On the women’s side the Wildcats have freshman Abigail Heringer a strong new golfer from Salem, Ore. She tied for fifth with a score of 15-over-par 159 in the Pacific Invitational last week.  Not bad so far for her first season at Linfield.

Although the women’s golf team finished eighth out of twelve teams at the Pacific Invitational, the Wildcats improved tremendously from the first to the second day, despite terrible weather conditions.

On the men’s side, there are three impressive juniors, Taylor Klopp, Taylor Pirnke and Kevin Kawasaki.  Klopp is described by head coach Greg Copeland as “a hard worker who hates to make a bogey,”  and a natural leader on the team.

Pirnke is described as a solid player and shot 78 on the second day of the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki is a hard-working player whose extra practice during the summer has helped him to improve overall as a player!

His hard work paid off when he shot a crisp 71 to sit in fourth place at the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki helped his team achieve first place overall after the first day of the tournament.

In the world of soccer, four men stick out from the lineup: freshmen Brian Degrandmont and Jorge Rodriguez, and seniors Harper Taylor and Jake Baker.

During their last game against Whitman College, Taylor and Baker worked together to score in the first half.  Baker sent in a cornerkick from the left side, which found his teammate in front of the net, setting up a point-blank range shot tying the game in the second half.

This was Taylor’s third career goal and his first goal since the 2010 season. Degrandmont tied the score at 1-1 in the game with a long-shot on goal from beyond the penalty box.  Rodriguez made six saves against the Pacific Lutheran offense keeping the Wildcat’s defense firm settling with a 0-0 tie. For women’s soccer, junior Lauren Pyrch, did her part against Pacific University from the back line helping Linfield achieve its best start in the program’s history and eventually getting the team voted into the top-25 teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America holding the 20th spot! Pyrch has been recognized as the Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and leads a defense, that only  allowed two goals and 14 shot attempts during all three matches. Pyrch is definitely a player that opponents should look out for!

Now how about those football guys? Well, as you know, the Linfield football program has had a very successful start to their season.

The team beat Texas Hardin-Simmons College 71-21 and beat out California Lutheran University last week 52-14. Linfield senior quarterback Josh Yoder was a huge contributing factor for the win against California Lutheran University as he passed for three touchdowns and scored on a 35-yard romp.  In the last game against Case Western Reserve University, sophomore running back sophomore Travon Willis rushed a game-high 80 yards against the Ohio team, while sophomore wide receiver Brian Balsiger caught eight passes for 99 yards, setting the tone for the Wildcats 45-0 shut-out.

Way to go boys!

How about my favorite ladies in spandex? Although the season has started off a bit rough for the squad, there are still some hard-working athletes that we can always count on to work hard and push their teammates to success!

Two-time Northwest Conference all-star junior Kailana Ritte-Camara, topped the stats with a match-high of 14 kills and a .231 hitting average in their last game against Puget Sound University.

Although the Wildcats weren’t able to walk away with a win, her performance should show the other teams that Ritte-Camara is an aggressive player who is ready to give it her all, all year round!

And don’t think I forgot about Linfield’s cross-country runners! We have three outstanding athletes on the team including seniors Hannah Greider, Siena Noe and  Joe Gladow.

With the help of Greider and Noe, the women’s team earned first place overall in the North West Classic held in Eugene, Ore., with five Wildcats finishing in the top ten spots.

Greider finished in third place while Noe finished in fifth place with a time of 19:23. On the men’s side, Gladow set the pace for other Wildcat men.  He scored 85 points and helped the team finish in the top for the Northwest Conference.

The senior averaged 5:19 miles during the 4-mile course, clocking in at 21:15.  With the help of these stellar athletes, the Linfield’s cross country team has a strong chance of qualifying for the NWC Championships and being a strong competitor in the league as well!

So those are the Wildcats to look out for! However, sports teams are called teams for a reason.  Although this article highlights the current star athletes for the season, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go watch and support other Wildcat athletes that weren’t mentioned!

So get out there and support your Wildcats, who knows, maybe you will witness a new star athlete in the making!

By Camille Weber/ Sports Columnist


Women’s soccer continues winning streak

PULL1216-2 The Wildcats added three more wins to their perfect record, moving them to a 7-0 record after defeating George Fox University, Puget Sound University and Pacific University.

Linfield started off their week with a 4-2 win over Pacific University. They were led by senior Emily Fellows who put up two goals helping the Wildcats to a victory. Fellows now has a five-game goal streak.

The game started off close in the first half as it was deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, but Linfield came out on top in the second half scoring three goals against Pacific University’s one.

Linfield took a substantially larger amount of shots on goal than Pacific University did, totaling 13, nine of which came in the first half.

The Wildcats played almost perfect offense in the second half missing only one shot and scoring with their other three.

PULL1028-1Their second game of the week was against Puget Sound University. It was a close one, but Linfield managed to pull out another win with the final score being 1-0.

Despite having only taken four shots on goal compared to Puget Sound’s seven, the Wildcats chalked in their sixth win of the year.

Linfield’s only goal of the game came by the leg of Molly McCool in the first half with an unassisted cross goal kick. That gave McCool her third goal of the year.

Excellent defense by the linfield keeper was what kept the Cats afloat. Kallina Haase recorded a perfect three saves on the game.

For Linfield’s 3rd game of the week they took on George Fox. With Emily Fellow not playing, the Wildcats still pulled out an easy win with a score of 5-0.

They spread the ball around nicely as 5 different Wildcats scored during the game. Three of which came in the first half (Ellie Schmidt, Emma Vukic, and Molly McCool) and two in the second (Tegan Grunwald and Sara Miller.)

Gorge Fox only managed to get off a total of 2 shots during the game, neither of which were directed at the goal, giving Linfield keeper Taylor Collinsworth an easy, relaxing game.

This game Continued Linfield’s winning streak and perfect record. They sit at 7-0 going into week 4.

The Linfield Women’s Soccer team plays next at 12:00 on Sept 28th and 29th. Both are away games. They first play Whitworth, then Whitman. They will hope to increase their record to 9-0 after these games.

By Drew Mahrt/ Senior sports reporter


Photo- Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Freshman midfielder Molly McCool looks to pass the ball down field with a University of Puget Sound
opponent on her back. McCool scored her first career goal, which was also the winning goal in a 1-0 win.

Photo- Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Sophomore forward Tegan Grunwald (right) against University of Puget Sound’s Bailey Edwards advances the ball to the goal. Grunwald scored for the team on Sept. 21