FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Unable to generate any offense in the first half against a deeper and fresher opponent, the Linfield Wildcats sputtered to a 19-3 season-ending loss to the Pacific Boxers Friday night at Lincoln Park Stadium.
The Boxers overwhelmed the Wildcats during the first 30 minutes of action in taking an 18-0 lead at intermission. Linfield was held without a shot in the first half and coughed up 16 turnovers in the same span.
Shelby Duarte (Jr., San Ramon, Calif.) scored all three of Linfield’s goals after Pacific had retreated to a time-killing attack in the second half.
Ten different Boxers scored goals in the match, including four each from Carmen Taplin and Kelly Stevens.
Linfield entered the match with just 13 available players on its already thin roster, one more than the minimum needed to fill out a starting lineup. And with some touch-and-go injuries, there was some concern heading into the match that the banged-up Wildcats may have had to play the entire contest with one fewer player than their opponent.
As it was, Linfield saw its season draw to a close under first-year coach Sammy Smith. With only one senior on the roster, the Wildcats went winless in her first campaign, falling to 0-9. Pacific, by contrast, fielded a team with seven graduating seniors. The Boxers improved to 7-4 for the season.