Linfield Wildcats

March 29, 2014
Pendulum swings to North Central's side
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – An eight-goal flurry, four of them off the stick of Gina Fisher, turned a tight struggle into lopsided outcome for the North Central Cardinals, who dealt the surging Linfield Wildcats a 15-5 defeat Saturday at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.
Fisher's five goals led all scorers. The Cardinals attacker also lifted a match-high eight ground balls.
It was Anna Bartels' goal with 18 seconds in the half that turned the momentum in the Cardinals' favor just before the intermission.
North Cental began the contest by reeling off five straight goals before Shelby Duarte tallied for Linfield at the 12:15 mark. Down 6-1, the Wildcats fired in three straight goals over a two-minute span to cut the margin to two, 6-4, with 41 seconds in the opening half.
Fisher fed Bartels for the game-changing goal just 23 ticks later, allowing the pendulum to swing back to North Central's side of the field heading into the break.
When play resumed the Cardinals pumped in seven consecutive goals, including four by Fisher. Bianca Perry assisted on two of the goals during the run and scored one herself to seal the outcome for NCC.
Duarte finished with four goals for the ‘Cats. Sierra Edgerly scored Linfield's remaining point.
Defensively, Rebecca Kropp pulled in five ground balls and Nichole Thoens had four. Madilyn Bechtel forced three NCC turnovers and Zoe Young had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Cardinals outshot the Wildcats 41-17, including a 19-4 edge in the second half. Linfield goalie Erika Phillipo was credited with 17 saves.
Linfield completed its three-match tour of Illinois with two victories, falling only to North Central.
AHEAD: The Wildcats (2-10) visit Puget Sound on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match, then travel to nearby George Fox for a rematch with the Bruins Tuesday night at 5 o'clock.
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Erika Phillipo
17 saves