McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The good news is the Linfield men’s soccer team scored for the first time in two games. Unfortunately, it was not enough offense as the Wildcats settled for a 1-1 draw in double overtime against George Fox Saturday afternoon at the Linfield soccer field.
With the tie, both the Wildcats (1-4-1, 0-2-1 NWC) and the Bruins (2-4-1, 0-2-1) are left searching for their first Northwest Conference victory.
Linfield had plenty of scoring opportunities in the first period, outshooting George Fox 7-1, but could not convert. As a result, the clubs headed into the break locked in a 0-0 tie.
A 17-minute stretch in the second period produced the only offense of the match.
Xavier Reed (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) made the most of his Wildcat debut, scoring his first career goal in the 48th minute. He beat the Bruin keeper to the ball on the left side of the goal and sliced it into the net to put the 'Cats up 1-0.
Bruin forward Luke Hammer provided the answering goal for George Fox in the 66th minute when his shot hit the crossbar and bounced into the goal.
The Wildcats tried their best to prevent the game from going into overtime, firing four shots over the final ten minutes of the second period. But two shots sailed wide and Bruin goalkeeper Davis made a pair of saves to extend the game.
Inaccuracy haunted Linfield in the overtime periods as well. The Wildcats outshot the Bruins 7-2 but struggled to place the ball on target.
Wildcat goalkeeper Cody Tipton made four saves to support the defensive effort.
COMING UP: Linfield hosts Pacific Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
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