PARKLAND, Wash. – Extending their seasons just a bit longer, 25th-ranked Linfield and Pacific Lutheran battled for 106 minutes Saturday afternoon before Lute defender Blake Warner notched the game winner, giving the home team a 3-2 double-overtime victory on Senior Day at East Field.
With the loss, their third straight and first in overtime this season, the Wildcats (15-4-1, 11-4-1 NWC) were left one win shy of the program's single-season victories record and seven points out of first place in the final Northwest Conference team standings.
Pacific Lutheran, meanwhile, ended the year on a three-match win streak, finishing in third place at 11-4-5 overall and 9-2-5 against league opponents.
For the first time in four matches, Linfield got on the board in the second half, scoring on the conference-leading 20th season goal from Emily Fellows just 2 minutes and 38 seconds into the contest. Marie Johanson set up the score for her first career assist.
The advantage lasted only 11½ minutes, however, as Kristi D'Alessandro pulled the Lutes even with a shot from 10 yards out. Kaylie Rozell and AJ Fischer connected for another PLU score in the 35th minute, giving the Lutes a 2-1 lead headed into intermission. This came despite the Lutes being outshot 5-4 and surrendering three corner kicks while earning none.
Tegan Grunwald knotted things up again in the 54th minute, finishing from three yards out on a pass from Fellows. The ‘Cats outshot the Lutes 7-2 over the final 36 minutes of regulation, but could not cash in.
Pacific Lutheran had the best opportunity to avoid extra time, but reserve keeper Amy Hammerquist stopped a penalty kick attempt from Kailey Lyman in the 79th minute to preserve the tie game.
After holding the Wildcats scoreless through the first overtime session, the Lutes scored on their only opportunity of extra time at the 105:06 minute mark. Alex Murray delivered a pass to Warner, who finished from 25 yards out for the home-field victory.
Fellows paced the Wildcat offense with seven shots, including four on-target looks. Grunwald and Emma Vukic added three more looks at goal, while Dani Nurmi (Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash.) took a pair of shots.
Taylor Collinsworth and Hammerquist split time in goal, starting the first and second halves, respectively, in their final games as Wildcats.
Marisa Gonzalez took the win for the Lutes after recording three saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
‘CAT SCRATCH: The Wildcats failed to capitalize on any of their seven corner kickers...a total of 20 Linfield players earned playing time against the Lutes, including seniors Collinsworth, Hammerquist Johanson and Sara Miller…the Wildcats totaled 46 goals on the year, third most in program history…head coach Dominic Doty has compiled a 70-28-8 record in five complete seasons at the helm of the women's soccer program.