Linfield Wildcats

March 28, 2014
Wildcats' closing rally grounds Eagles
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LISLE, Ill. – A short-handed goal by Shelby Duarte with 10 seconds remaining provided the winning margin for Linfield in a wild 15-14, come-from-behind triumph over the Benedictine Eagles Friday at the Benedictine Sports Complex.
Three successive goals coming 34 seconds apart midway through the second half enabled the Wildcats to take the upper hand. Halee Helgerson set up Sierra Edgerly for a goal with 15:07 to play that knotted the match at 11. Duarte's goal seven seconds later, coming on a pass from Helgerson, gave Linfield its first lead of the contest. Helgerson potted a goal of her own and the Wildcats led 13-11 with 14:33 remaining. The Eagles responded by scoring three of the next four goals to even the match once more at 14 with 1:06 to play.
Benedictine's Jessica McGinnis won the ensuing draw control but was fouled hard by Helgerson, who drew a yellow card and was sent to the bench. The Wildcats forced a turnover with 24 seconds to go and cleared the ball out of their own zone. Rebecca Kropp threaded the ball to Duarte for the clinching goal, securing the Wildcats' second victory in as many days after an 0-9 start.
Duarte zipped home a match-high seven goals and set up one other score. Helgerson added a pair of goals to go along with three assists. Kelsey Dammarell had two goals and one assist while Zoe Young contributed two goals. Edgerly and Chas Tittle recorded single goals.
Defensively, Hana Gould caused five turnovers and scooped five ground balls. Wildcats goalkeeper Erika Phillipo made six saves.
Samantha Link scored six times to pace the Eagles. Hannah Payne added three goals. Goalkeeper Irsah Hayat faced 33 shots, making 10 saves.
NEXT: Linfield (2-9) visits North Central in the third match of its Chicagoland tour. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m. Pacific time.
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Hana Gould
5 caused turnovers, 5 ground balls