SPOKANE, Wash. – Claiming its sixth victory of the past seven matches, Whitworth made Linfield the latest casualty in its late-season win streak, topping the Wildcats 3-0 in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Sunday afternoon at the Whitworth Soccer Field.
Will Wren scored two first-half goals to give the Pirates (11-3-3, 9-2-2 NWC) a sizable lead to work with in the season half. The home team added to that advantage in the 71st minute on the first career goal from Samual Jarrett.
The Wildcats (8-8-1, 5-7-1 NWC) put three of their 12 total shots on frame, but Whitworth keepers Timmy Costa and Shane Nishioka-Healy combined for the shutout, the sixth against Linfield this season.
Domenico Del Prete paced the ‘Cats with three attempts, including one on goal, while Tyler Repic and Brian DeGrandmont (Sr., Portland, Ore.) provided the other on-target shots. Defensively, Grant Loriaux made three saves in the loss.
Wren put the Pirates on the board in the 26th minute, receiving a perfect pass from Sam Selisch on a run into the box and sending the ball into the far right corner of the net. Wren's second score of the match was unassisted, as he dribbled through three Wildcat defenders before pushing low shot into the net with about two minutes before halftime.
Jarrett pushed the spread to three goals a third of the way through the second period, flicking the ball between the pipes after Jonah Brown drove hard left and served a cross into the box.
Linfield's offense was most threatening in the second half, earning four corner kicks and putting up 10 shots over the final 45 minutes against the Pirates, who inserted every available man – a total of 28 players on the day – into the match.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Whitworth completed the season sweep against Linfield, outscoring the Wildcats 4-0 on the year…Loriaux made his 10th start of the season…after getting outshot 7-2 in the first half, the ‘Cats outshot the Pirates 10-8 in the second period…Linfield has scored just once in its most recent four matches…the Wildcats currently sit in sixth place in the NWC.
UP NEXT: Linfield wraps up the year at home against Willamette. Saturday's match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.