After raising her season total to a conference-leading 15 goals and helping the Wildcats hit the halfway mark of the Northwest Conference calendar with a 7-1 record, Emily Fellows has been recognized as the NWC Women's Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week. The honor, chosen by a vote of the league's sports information directors, was announced Monday afternoon.
Fellows, Linfield's all-time leading scorer with 66 goals, scored four times over the weekend, including two game-winners, as the ‘Cats defeated Pacific Lutheran and Lewis & Clark. She found the back of the net once in each half during a 2-1 win over the Lutes, and twice during a nine-minute, first-half stretch in a 5-0 win against the Pioneers. The four goals came on just nine shots, a conversion rate of 44.4 percent.
The junior captain has scored a total of seven game-game winning goals during the 2013 season, and with 15 goals and two assists, has rang up 32 points on the year. Fellows leads the conference in goals, game-winning goals, points and shots (57). She also ranks second among NCAA Division III players in goals per match (1.36).
This is the 12th career weekly honor for Fellows, who has twice been voted the NWC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, in both 2012 and 2010.
Adding two more wins over the weekend, the ‘Cats improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 against league opponents, and sit atop the conference standings at the midway point of the year with 21 points. Second-place Puget Sound has 17 points on the season. Linfield also moved back up to No. 20, its highest ranking, in the latest national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
COMING UP: The Wildcats start the second half of the league calendar with back-to-back road matches against Pacific and Willamette. Wednesday night's match against the Boxers is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest gets underway at the normal noon start.