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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


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


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.
Helen Lee/Photo editor

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


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


Helen Lee/Photo editor

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.