PARKLAND, Wash. – Rallying from a goal down at intermission, the Linfield Wildcats erupted for three goals in the second half to brush aside the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 3-1 in Northwest Conference action Saturday at the PLU field.
Three different Wildcats scored goals in the contest, helping keep Linfield in contention for its first conference title in program history. The Wildcats improved to 7-2-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the NWC. The Lutes dropped their sixth straight contest to fall to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in conferene play.
Second-half goals from Anna Sours (Sr., Jacksonville, Ore.), Zoe Langsdorf (Soph., Vancouver, Wash.) and MacKenzie Doty sparked the Wildcats. PLU came in riding a four-match scoreless drought, and though they snapped that string, the host Lutes couldn't put an end to their losing streak.
Freshman Sarah Gamache netted the first goal with a crafty left-footed strike from the top of the box at the 25:09 mark. Dribbling with her favored right foot, Gamache switched the ball to her left and hit a rocket into the upper-left corner of the goal, leaving Linfield keeper Apolonia Martinez with no chance.
The Lutes were rewarded for stretches of good possession and solid play with the 1-0 halftime lead, though the 'Cats did squander a couple of very good chances in the opening 45 minutes.
After out-shooting the Lutes by a 10-3 margin in the opening half, Linfield had much of the possession in the final period, as indicated by a 15-3 advantage in shots.
Sours tied the game at 1, stealing the ball, taking one touch and firing it past PLU keeper Lauren Chambard and into the upper-right corner. Linfield made it 2-1 when Sours hit a long ball over the PLU defense. Initially the Lutes were able to stop Langsdorf, but the ball fell at her feet and she pushed it past Chambard at 64:10.
The final goal came at 73:04 and was the handiwork of Linfield midfielder Christine Tamamoto (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii), whose through ball was finished by Doty, the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer.
Chambard finished the game with seven saves and she was also helped by her defense, which cleared another ball off the line. Linfield finished with 25 total shots, 11 on goal, and it had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Martinez had one save as the Lutes finished with six total shots, including two on goal.
NEXT: Linfield returns home Sunday to host Pacific in a NWC match starting at noon.
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