KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Five of the 24 Wildcats who took the field Saturday night scored in a dominating performance by the Linfield offense that amounted to a 7-0 win over Walla Walla. The neutral-site match was played at Trevor Derrah Field and hosted by Oregon Tech.
Domenico Del Prete and Brian DeGrandmont (Sr., Portland, Ore.) scored twice apiece for the Wildcats, who took a 4-0 lead into the halftime break and expanded their advantage to seven goals just 16 minutes into the second period. With the victory, Linfield improved to 3-0. The Wolves of Walla Walla University, meanwhile, fell to 1-2.
Del Prete, the team’s leading scorer a season ago, notched his first goal of the 2013 season in the eight minute after dribbling around his defending and finishing off in the lower right corner of the net.
DeGrandmont followed up with back-to-back goals in the 13th and 23rd minutes, respectively. Nicholas Autencio assisted on the first, delivering a cross to DeGrandmont, who volleyed the pass between the pipes. Jake Baker set up Linfield’s third goal for his second assist of the year.
Walla Walla managed just its second shot of the game in the minutes following the third score, but Brook Fesler’s shot sailed right.
Minutes later, Eric Conte and Michael Swain connected for yet another Wildcat goal. Conte played a ball across the 18-yard box to Swain, who finished in the lower right corner of the frame to give Linfield a 4-0 advantage with 15 minutes still to play in the first half.
The Wolves defense held until the halftime buzzer, however, helped in part by a couple of saves by keeper Craig Nash.
Baker scored his second goal of the year only 5 ½ minutes into the second period by successfully converting a penalty kick. Not a minute later, freshmen DeGrandmont and Autencio made a connection that pushed the spread to six goals.
Linfield’s final score of the match came in the 57th minute, when Baker sent a through ball to Del Prete, who drilled a shot past Nash into the lower left corner of the goal.
Not surprisingly, the Wildcats dominated the Wolves in every offensive facet of the game. Linfield outshot Walla Walla 18-9 and earned five corner kicks to just two for the program from eastern Washington.
Grant Loriaux got the start in goal for the Wildcats, making one save in 45 minutes. Jorge Rodriguez stopped three attempts, including shots from Ryan Johnson and Christian Willing over the final three minutes of the match.
NEXT: Linfield heads to Everett, Wash., to take on Trinity Lutheran in the final preseason contest Friday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.