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The Linfield cross country team competed in the Puma Concordia Classic on Oct. 16 at Fernhill Park in Portland.
The meet brought new competition, as the team battled against Northwest University, Concordia University, Lane Community College, Treasure Valley Community College and three Canadian universities.
The Linfield men’s team ran an 8K race and finished fifth out of eight teams, while the women ran a 5K race and placed fifth out of seven teams.
The University of British Columbia placed first on the men’s side and Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C., Canada) finished first for the women.
Senior Scott Pinske was Linfield’s top placer for the men, clocking in at 20 minutes, 16
seconds and placing 20th.
Four of the other Linfield competitors finished in the top 50 with 73 runners in the race.
Freshman Joe Gladow, Linfield’s second place runner, took 26th place overall with a time of 26:25. Sophomore Cameron
Chester finished in 37th place with a time of 27:03, while junior Alex Van Slyke followed close behind with a time of 27:21, taking 42nd place. Rounding out the top 50 was freshman Jason Hight, who took 48th place and crossed the finish line at 27:54.
“We had a good showing by Gladow and Pinske,” Van Slyke said. “Overall it was a good meet for everyone who raced.”
Finishing first for the ’Cats on the women’s side was freshman Mimi Seeley, who clenched 25th place with a time of 18:42.
Three other runners completed the race in the top 50. Freshman Siena Noe and junior Shanna Peaden paced each other,
finishing in 46th and 47th places with times of 19:34 and 19:38, respectively. Freshman Hannah Greider sealed the top 50 with a time of 19:55.
“Our girls’ team has performed very well up to this point,” Noe said. “I think we’re going to peak as individuals and as a team.”
Conference is coming up on Oct. 30. Both the men and women’s teams have solid top six competitors for the conference meet. The teams hope to make it to regionals, which fall on Nov. 13 in Salem, Ore.
“It’s the end of the season so people are feeling anxious,” Van Slyke said. “We have a solid group of guys that have been working hard all season, and the past few weeks have been indicating nothing but good results for conference.”
The womens’ team has a similar outlook.
“We’ve consistently narrowed the gaps between each other during races, so we’re hoping this will make a big difference in our placing at conference,” Noe said. “If we come to compete, we have a shot.”
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The ’Cats’ rainy battle against a strong PLU team concluded with a 1-2 defeat.
Senior midfielder Carter Elhabbassi scored early for the ’Cats, lacing in a goal off of an assist from senior midfielder Kevin Donato — his seventh assist of the season.
But the Lutes held the ’Cats scoreless in the final 70 minutes of play.
Junior forward Spencer Augustin scored for the Lutes in the 25th minute. Pacific Lutheran outshot the ’Cats 9-4 in the first half.
In the second half junior, PLU forward Surafel Wodajo set up sophomore midfielder Mark Lee for a goal, giving Pacific Lutheran a 2-1 lead. The Lutes held on to the victory behind solid play from freshman goalkeeper Joe Rayburn.
Rayburn finished the game with four saves.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cody Tipton finished with six saves for the ’Cats, who were outshot 15-7.
Linfield regrouped to edge out Puget Sound 2-0 the next day.
Sophomore forward Harper Taylor drew first blood for Linfield, scoring his second goal of the season in the 35th minute.
Senior midfielder Kevin Donato laced a pass into the box, where senior midfielder Colin Bebee fed Harper for the score.
Freshman forward Tyler Repic added to the lead in the second half, striking the ball past Loggers sophomore goalkeeper Chris McDonald and into the net.
Tipton earned his second shutout of the year, finishing the game with three saves. He said he was satisfied with how the team played against its rivals.
“I feel we played with more heart than I have seen so far this season,” he said.
With the win, the ’Cats hold a 7-7-1 overall record and a 6-5 conference record.
The ’Cats face stiff competition in the coming weeks, as the season nears its end.
Tipton said the final games are important to the team, and he pointed to conference standings implications.
“These last three games are huge for us,” he said. “Everyone is so close to each other in points that one game could be the difference between second and sixth.”
Taylor agreed with Tipton. He said he expects the coming games against Whitman College and Whitworth University will be challenging but crucial to win.
“We have our toughest road trip of the season this weekend, and we are playing a couple of the top teams in our league,” he said.“For us to win both games this weekend, we need to show up both mentally and physically. Whitman and Whitworth aren’t just going to hand us the victory; it’s going to be a battle that all 11 players on the field have to acknowledge.”
Elhabbassi stressed the importance of the final games as well.
“It is all about pride now,” he said. “We don’t want to look back at the season and see that we finished sixth when we really can still theoretically finish in first.”
Elhabbassi is looking forward to the future of the team. He said winning will draw new players to the school.
“Winning also helps the program for the future with recruits because they would rather go to a school that finished higher in the standings,” he said.
Tipton echoed the sentiments of Elhabbassi, claiming success can help bring in talent.
“The better we play now, the easier it will be to win next year,” he said.
While the team races to the finish line and fatigue sets in, Taylor said the team draws motivation from its seniors.
“The real motivation factor, much like it is every year, comes from our seniors,” he said. “Their drive and determination help motivate us all, because we not only want to win for ourselves, but we want to win for them too.”
The ’Cats begin their late-season push against Whitman on Oct. 30.
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Hey ’Cats. I was doing a little stat digging this weekend because, you know, that’s what columnists do for fun on the weekends (at least, theatre arts major columnists … ). While poking around in a few sports I don’t usually read much about, I ran into a few numbers that made my jaw drop; not just drop, but drop, hit the floor and dig a hole to China.
Remember last week when I talked about the women’s soccer team playing some seriously inspired futbol right now? To be honest, I knew they were on a hot streak this season, but I didn’t know to what degree.
Did you know that, this season, the ’Cats are outscoring their opponents by 35 goals? How about that they’ve taken 191 more shots on goal then their hapless foes?
These numbers are the most inspiring statistics I’ve read all year — more so than the video game offense the Ducks have put up this year (shameless plug).
Keep in mind this team only won 10 games in the entire 2009 season. This year they’ve won 12 already, with another four games left in the season. They’re on pace to challenge for, if not win, the Northwest Conference for the first time in years. Yeah, that’s right; the hottest coach in NWC soccer right now is the young gun Dominic Doty, who has been head coach for two years.
If he isn’t coach of the year in the NWC, there’s going to be a riot in Mac. Mark my words.
However, it would be impossible to write any more about the team’s success this season without mentioning a talented little lady named Emily Fellows. Be still, my beating heart, I think I may be in love … with her stat line.
On Oct. 12, midway through the season, Fellows broke the school record for goals scored and points acquired in a single season.
That was two weeks ago. At this point, “shattered” might be a more appropriate adjective. To put it in perspective, the former records for goals and points were 16 and 38, respectively.
This season, with four more games to play, Fellows has a staggering 53 points and 24 goals; she’s won the NWC player of the week award four times; she’s playing out-of-her-mind good right now, and by the way, she’s a freshman. Holy. Cow.
Last, and certainly not least, the final and single most important statistic I unearthed last weekend: Average attendance at home games is 109. Some of those 109 are parents; the actual number of students is probably closer to about 70 or 80.
Really, Wildcats? Seventy students are all you’re capable of mustering for a team playing the best soccer it’s had in more than a decade?
I don’t think so — not with the respect and love that I know the students and athletic programs have for one another.
Last week I talked about the “Linfield Love,” and that if you could do one thing this week, it would be to spread some. Well, it may not be this week, but the ’Cats have one more home game left on Nov. 6 at noon.
Give the women’s soccer team some love, folks; it has more than earned it.
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Riding another career-high outing from senior tailback Simon Lamson, the Wildcats gutted out a gritty victory against the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes and extended their NCAA all-divisions record for consecutive winning seasons to 55.
In addition, the victory over the team head coach Joseph Smith calls Linfield’s “oldest and best rivals” puts the ’Cats firmly in the driver’s seat in the Northwest Conference title race.
“It was a good game for us,” Smith said. “We haven’t had, from the players’ perspective, a good rivalry in recent years, but the coaches always enjoy beating [PLU].”
Until early in the fourth quarter, the game was an all-out dogfight. The two teams traded scores — Linfield riding Lamson’s record-setting performance and the Lutes on the back of senior quarterback Jordan Rasmussen’s 269 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Rasmussen, who averages 236.3 yards per game, made things difficult for the Linfield secondary, who, junior safety Drew Fisher said, was the most accurate and dangerous player the defense had faced all season.
“Rasmussen was highly accurate all day — the most accurate I have seen an opposing quarterback be,” Fisher said. “They probably had the best passing attack we have seen so far. They played us tough.”
The Lutes got a lucky break early when the game was still scoreless. After a punt was blocked by Fisher, Pacific Lutheran managed to recover the ball and get a second chance at a drive downfield.
After a Linfield penalty brought Pacific Lutheran to the Wildcat 43-yard line, Rasmussen was sacked with a bone-crunching hit by senior defensive end Eric Hedin for an 11-yard loss. Hedin strengthened his case for NWC defensive player of the year by collecting nine tackles and three sacks for a total loss of 26 yards.
Penalties would plague the ’Cats for the entire contest, as the team ran up a season-high 11 penalties for 100 yards.
“As a team we played decently but not up to our potential,” senior quarterback Aaron Boehme said. “We still need to get better and not commit penalties and make mental errors.”
Boehme and Lamson led Linfield’s next drive, with the former completing a crucial 23-yard pass to junior receiver Deidre Wiersma and the latter accounting for 31 total yards, including a 17-yard burst into the end zone while breaking tackle after tackle.
After the loss of junior tailback Aaron Williams to injury, Lamson stepped up and carried the bulk of the running game, and the results were apparent.
“We found a way to attack them at a pace that really worked in our favor,” Lamson said. “I mean, I was getting four or five yards a pop initially before contact, and I would finish for a few more after that.”
Both teams faltered offensively until the start of the second quarter, when Rasmussen jogged in from one yard out to tie the game at 7-7. The offense fired back with Boehme launching a 21-yard strike to senior
running back Chris Slezak.
The Lutes chugged downfield on a long, 6-minute drive that resulted in another score and another tie at 14-14.
Sophomore wide receiver and kick returner Josh Hill responded to the tie with a game-breaking 69-yard kickoff return that set up a short touchdown pass from Boehme to Slezak.
Boehme collected only 196 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. That pick set up a Lutes touchdown in the third quarter, and after a blocked PAT, the score was 21-20 in Linfield’s favor.
“I wasn’t very happy with my play, personally,” Boehme said. “They do a lot of different things, blitzing guys from all sorts of places. They did a good job of bringing pressure, but we got it done when it
Boehme threw his final touchdown pass of the game to junior tight end Chris Saunders to lead 28-20.
Sophomore kicker Maika Kunioka had a chance to blow the game open on a 31-yard field goal attempt, but the ball flew wide left and missed.
Weather conditions were not ideal during the game, with gusts and rain falling for its entire duration. Kunioka was a perfect 5-5 on PAT kicks but was critical of his performance because of the field goal miss.
“The weather conditions in Tacoma were pretty terrible. It was very rainy, and with a grass field, it made the playing surfaces very slippery,” Kunioka said. “I would grade myself with a C or a D. Even though I made all my PATs, I missed a pretty crucial and very makeable field goal.”
Lamson put the final nail in the Lutes’ coffin with a 17-yard scoring burst to set the final margin at 35-20. With the victory and a 55th consecutive winning season in the books, the ’Cats return home for a non-conference game against Menlo College on Oct. 30. Menlo will bring a 3-3 record into the Catdome, and Smith said the team will continue to bring it hard at every practice.
“They’re very interesting on defense,” Smith said. “They seemingly change a lot and do different things which will pose some problems. Offensively, they’re not as prolific. But we’re going to come out and play hard no matter what.”
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The women played at the Lost Tracks Golf club and the men at the Juniper Golf Course in Bend, Ore. Tough weather conditions proved harsh against the teams.
“It was extremely cold out, and we were exposed to rain, wind and snow for the entirety of Sunday’s round,” sophomore Brinn Hovde said. “The course was flooded, and coaches were forced to squeegee the greens just to keep the course playable. It is exceptionally challenging to golf when your hands are too numb to grip the club.”
On the first day for the women, senior Brynn Hurdus tied for second with a score of 77 against Whitworth University’s sophomore Emily Guhrie. Hurdus fell to ninth place on the second day with a final score of 170.
The women’s team on the first day placed third with 329 — one stroke behind George Fox University.
“Our first-day team score was great, but unfortunately the weather made it extremely difficult to shoot a good score for the second round,” junior Sophie Corr said.
Corr shot a career low of six-over-par 79, which put her in fifth place. By day two, Corr ended up placing sixth scoring a total of 166.
For the final results, the women’s team placed third with a combined score of 693. George Fox had a score of 659, and Whitworth scored 667.
“Considering the conditions we played in, I am very proud of our team for even just finishing the round. That alone is better than the Pacific [University] team that chose to withdraw due to the weather,” Hovde said.
For the men’s team, junior Alex Fitch finished first among the Wildcats, scoring a 76. Fitch was three strokes behind Pacific’s senior Max Bonk, putting him in second place after the first day.
By the end of the first day, the Wildcats, Pacific and Whitworth were in a three-way tie for second place. Each team was 10 strokes behind the University of Puget Sound.
Fitch remained in second place on day two with a score of 155 — still behind Bonk who scored 159.
Two other Wildcats endedup placing in the top 10. Freshman A.J. Taylor shot a 158, receiving sixth place, and senior Yutaro Sakamoto tied for eighth place with 160.
The men’s team placed third with a final score of 644, five shots behind Pacific. Puget Sound won the tournament scoring 632 strokes.
“As a team, I think we were all disappointed with our play. We didn’t score very well. Part of that was the weather, but the other part was physical mistakes,” senior Beau Slayton said.
The NWC Fall Classic is the last game of the fall season. Hovde said she is very excited for the women’s team’s upcoming season.
“We all saw such a big improvement in our games this fall, and with even more time to work with in the spring, the tremendous potential that our team has is really going to show,” Hovde said.
Slayton said he is excited for the men’s spring season, and he wants to work on being more consistent during tournaments.
Sakamoto said he will not continue playing in the spring season due to the weather.
“I cannot deal with Oregon weather anymore. I wish my team the best in the spring,” Sakamoto said.
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