McMINNVILLE, Ore. – An early defensive stand in the opening five minutes that included a couple of nifty saves by Linfield's Erika Phillipo was not enough to overcome the potent offense of the Alma College Scots, who defeated the Wildcats 18-6 Friday afternoon at the Linfield lacrosse field.
Tracy Gallihugh of Alma poured in a match-high six goals while the Scots' Stephanie Chou added five more.
Linfield's leading scorer was Shelby Duarte with three tallies. Halee Helgerson led all players in assists with three while adding a couple of goals.
Gallihugh began the scoring with 5½ mintues into the contest, the first of three successive Alma goals. Duarte answered for Linfield with a dazzling running shot. The assist was credited to Helgerson with 17:58 left on the clock.
Gallihugh scored four goals in the half as Alma took a comfortable 9-3 lead into intermission. Four yellow cards were issued in the first period, three of them charged to Alma players.
The second half mirrored the first with each team matching its scoring output of the opening 30 minutes.
Helgerson registered both her goals after the break while also dishing out her third assist to Duarte. The visitors stood their ground throughout the second half, maintaining at least a 10-goal advantage.
Phillipo did all that she could to help the Wildcats' cause, stopping 19 shots compared. The Scots enjoyed the clear advantage in the shots, 40-11. Alma goalkeepers Stephanie Herman and Miranda Kruse were called upon to make just three saves.
Linfield piled up nearly twice as many turnovers as Alma with 32 while Alma suffered 17 giveaways.
AHEAD: Linfield looks to capture its first win of the season against Pomona-Pitzer College in Tacoma, Wash., on Sunday. The game is set to start at 2 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound's field.