KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The offensive arsenal of the Linfield women's soccer club was on full display Saturday afternoon at Trevor Derrah Field as the Wildcats drubbed Oregon Tech 7-4 in a season-opening victory that will go down in the record books.
Emily Fellows (Jr., Portland, Ore.), the reigning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year, showed no sign of a letdown after a remarkable freshman campaign, setting a new program record for career scoring in the win. She scored four times against the Hustlin' Owls, tying a single-game mark she matched last season.
Fellows’ career goal total now stands at 30, a feat she has accomplished in just 21 matches.
On this historic day, the 'Cats wasted little time tallying their first point of the 2011 season. MacKenzie Doty scored on an unassisted goal at the 2:36 mark in her first game back from injury.
Oregon Tech's Brandi King responded a little more than two minutes later to knot the score at 1-1. But that was as close as the Hustlin' Owls would come to victory.
Fellows' record-breaking goal came about halfway through the first period when she scored on a penalty kick.
By the time the clock ran out in the first half, Doty had scored once more off an assist by Ellie Schmidt (Soph., Dundee, Ore.) and Christine Tamamoto (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) had notched her first goal of the season to give Linfield a 4-2 advantage heading into break.
Fellows did the majority of her damage in the second period, scoring three times. Two goals were unassisted, but Anna LaBeaume helped set up the final score, which came in the 87th minute.
Sophomore Hayley Smith supplied two goals for the Hustlin' Owls, who fall to 0-2 on the year. The visiting Wildcats (1-0) doubled the shot attempts of the home team by a margin of 26-13.
Despite giving up four goals, Taylor Collinsworth (Soph., Bend, Ore.) won the battle between freshmen keepers, getting the win over Oregon Tech’s Rebekah Matteri. She made six saves in her first career victory.
'CAT SCRATCH: Linfield was one goal away from tying the mark for most team goals in a single match (8) reached twice by the 2003 club…the previous career scoring record was 26, set by Kathleen Wochnick, who played from 2002-05…Fellows and Wochnick still share the single-match scoring record at four goals.
UP NEXT: The Wildcats take on Northwest Christian in a 6 p.m. match Monday in Eugene.
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