McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Four scorers, led by Emily Fellows (Jr., Portland, Ore.), helped Linfield earn its second-straight victory in a 6-0 commanding win over Warner Pacific Wednesday night at the Linfield soccer field.
Fellows’ three goals give her four in two games so far this season, and a strong case to repeat as Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week.
The ‘Cats (2-0) held the clear advantage early on, dominating possession and keeping the ball in the Knights’ half of the field.
While Linfield applied nonstop pressure to the Knights’ back line, Warner Pacific (0-3) was able to fend off the attack through the first half hour of play. Persistence paid off however, and after a cross from Marisa Specht (Soph., Eugene, Ore.) was deflected by Knights keeper Lynzee Felder, Mallory Nickles was there for the rebound. The true freshman knocked the ball into the open net for her first collegiate goal.
The Wildcats continued the pressure, and less than a minute after their first score, Zoe Langsdorf placed a shot from just outside the 18-yard box off the left post and into the back of the net.
Fellows’ first goal came 37 minutes into the match, giving Linfield a commanding 3-0 advantage with eight minutes to play in the first half.
Linfield outshot the Knights in the first period 16-0, and won six corner kicks while not allowing any. Goalkeeper Taylor Collinsworth (Jr., Bend, Ore.) was well protected and faced no serious threat from the visiting offense.
Warner Pacific came out of the break noticeably more aggressive and launched its first real attack within the first minute of the second half. The Knights pushed the ball into the Wildcats’ 18-yard box, but Linfield’s back line was able to clear the loose ball before a shot was attempted.
After a brief period of disorganization, Linfield regained control of possession and continued to move the ball well. After producing several more scoring opportunities, Fellows finished a shot from 10 yards out to push the spread to 4-0.
With 24 minutes to play, Fellows displayed her dominance, completing a hat trick – the fifth of her career – with a left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
Warner Pacific drew a direct free kick from 25 yards out with 8:30 to play, but the shot missed high and wide to the right. It was the Knights’ lone shot of the game.
Tegan Grunwald (Soph., Philomath, Ore.) added a final goal in the closing minute of the game, converting a one-on-one breakaway with the keeper for her first career goal.
Overall, Warner Pacific committed eight fouls to Linfield’s five, and used only four substitutes off the bench. The Wildcats, in contrast, used 18 substitutes and benefitted from 14 of its 32 shots off the bench.
NEXT UP: The Wildcats head north to Everett, Wash., to take on Trinity Lutheran University. Game time is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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