McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Faced with a halftime deficit for the first time this season and forced to play a woman down for the final 20 minutes, the Linfield women’s soccer team could not rally, falling 1-0 to Corban University Saturday night at the Linfield soccer field.
The loss was the first of the year for the Wildcats, who conclude their nonconference schedule with a 3-1 record. The Warriors earned their fourth win of the year, improving to 4-1.
A defensive miscue in the 12th minute helped give Corban an early advantage. As Linfield keeper Taylor Collinsworth (Jr., Bend, Ore.) and Corban midfielder Rileigh Mankin chased down a ball near the front left corner of the box, Collinsworth was whistled for a foul.
Mankin easily converted the penalty kick, shooting it into the left side of the goal while the Linfield keeper went right.
Linfield attempted six shots in the first period, but could not connect and entered the break down by one goal.
Corban controlled the second half, denying the Wildcats a chance at the goal for more than 27 minutes.
Already struggling on offense, Linfield was a dealt a blow on defense when Jenna Quiring was issued a red card in the 72nd minute.
Surprisingly, the Wildcats got their best chances to tie the game with only 10 players on the field. Linfield’s first attempt of the second period came in the 73rd minute when a shot by Emily Fellows (Jr., Portland, Ore.) hit the crossbar and bounced up and over the net.
About four minutes later, Christine Tamamoto took aim at the goal and again came painstakingly close as her shot hit the top left corner of the post.
Corban goalkeepers Kaitlyn Mendenhall and Alexis Beattie split time in the box, with Mendenhall making three saves to earn the shutout.
UP NEXT: Linfield hosts Lewis & Clark in the Northwest Conference opener for both clubs Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Second-half shot is as close as Linfield gets
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