McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The high-octane Linfield offense made one final appearance Saturday afternoon, helping the Wildcats set a single-season wins record and bid adieu to five players on Senior Day with a 6-1 throttling of Pacific Lutheran on a waterlogged Linfield soccer field.
After being shut out the day before by Pacific, six different players scored for the Wildcats (14-3-3, 11-2-3 NWC), including two ‘Cats who netted their first career goals.
Unfortunately, the match likely marks the end of the season for Linfield, which finishes second in the Northwest Conference, two points behind Puget Sound. With a 5-0 win over Pacific in Tacoma, the Loggers clinched their 10th consecutive league title and the conference’s automatic-qualifying berth in the NCAA tournament.
Back in McMinnville, the Lutes (4-13-1, 3-12-1 NWC) claimed the early advantage over the ‘Cats, scoring in the ninth minute. Blake Warner crossed the ball from the left side of the box to Mimi Granlund, who headed it into the goal above the outstretched arms of Linfield keeper Taylor Collinsworth (Jr., Bend, Ore.).
Linfield responded in a big way, scoring first on a Christine Tamamoto goal in the 25th minute and then twice more before time expired in the first period.
The tying goal was set up by senior forward MacKenzie Doty, who shoved the ball from the left to right side of the goal box. As the ball slowly dribbled down the width of the goal, Tamamoto met up with it and tapped it into the right corner of the box.
A little more than 10 minutes later, Doty scored a goal of her own. After gaining possession after a corner kick, senior Jenna Quiring crossed the ball from the right side of the box to Doty, who one-touched it with her foot into the goal to put the ‘Cats up 2-1.
Within three minutes, Linfield had scored again to extend its lead to 3-1. Zoe Langsdorf took aim from about 15 yards out near the middle of field and placed the ball beyond the reach of Pacific Lutheran keeper Lauren Chambard.
Despite holding a two-goal lead, the ‘Cats made sure the final outcome was never in jeopardy, ripping nine more shots after halftime that led to three more goals.
Anna Sours earned her fourth goal of the year after the break, beating her defenders down the right side of the goal box and drilling a shot just inside the left post.
The final two goals were both career-firsts for a pair of Wildcats.
First up was Ellie Schmidt (Jr., Dundee, Ore.), who received a great pass from Doty on the right side and put it in the back of the net in the 70th minute. Capping off the scoring was Sara Miller (Sr., Federal Way, Wash.). Freshman Emily Ing (Jr., Hood River, Ore.) pushed the ball past the PLU keeper from the right side, but her shot stalled in the mud near the front of the goal. Miller took advantage of the open-goal opportunity and finished the play for her first career points.
Overall, the ‘Cats outshot the visitors 18-3 and also earned 12 corner kicks to none for PLU. Aside from Granlund, the only Lutes with shot attempts were Warner and Karli Hurlbut. Goalkeeper Chambard did her best against the offensive firepower of the Wildcats, making nine saves in the loss.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Twenty-four different players saw action for Linfield, including Doty, Quiring Amy Kestek, Allison Riggs and Emily Allison, who suited up in purple and red for the last time…Doty ends the season as the ‘Cats leading scorer with eight goals and four assists for career totals of 21 goals and eight assists...Linfield’s 14 wins top the 13-win seasons of 2001, 2002 and 2010...the six goals scored against Pacific Lutheran was the most for the 'Cats since their season-opening 7-0 win over Oregon Tech.
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