PORTLAND, Ore. – After winning seven of its first eight matches to start the year, Linfield’s women’s soccer team has now tied its last two, settling for a 1-1 deadlock against Lewis & Clark Sunday afternoon at Griswold Stadium.
Unlike the previous afternoon against Willamette, when both teams were held without a goal throughout regulation and the two overtime periods, the Wildcats gave up an early goal before knotting the score on an unassisted score from Julia Vaughan.
But despite outshooting Lewis & Clark by a 33-6 margin, including a 10-0 advantage in the second period and 8-0 in the second overtime, Linfield (7-1-2, 3-1-2 NWC) could not pull ahead to get the three points and gain some ground in a tight race for the Northwest Conference title.
The opportunistic Pioneers (2-5-2, 2-2-2 NWC) cashed in on their very first shot of the match. Kylie Carera sent a through ball to Emily Thompson, who finished off the play to give the home team a 1-0 advantage in the 20th minute.
Wildcat head coach Dominic Doty was liberal with his substitutions, sending in eight players off the bench in hopes of sparking some offense. Despite the fresh legs, Linfield entered the halftime break trailing for just the third time this year.
About 12 minutes into the second stanza, Vaughan notched the tying goal, finishing from close range on the left side of the net.
Linfield kept the pressure on, firing off eight more shots over the final 33 minutes of regulation. Pioneer keeper Geena Fong saved six of those attempts, however, keeping score locked at 1-1 and sending the clubs to extra time.
Lewis & Clark had a couple of great chances to end the match in the first overtime, but a shot from Natalie Levy missed just wide and another from Sarah Breninger bounced off the left post, the latter with about two minutes to play.
Emily Fellows (Jr., Portland, Ore.) and Christine Tamamoto each took a turn at playing hero for the Wildcats within the first 52 seconds of the second overtime, but both shots were stopped by Fong. Fellows attempted two more shots in the final minute and a half, missing wide each time.
Defensively, Taylor Collinsworth (Jr., Bend, Ore.) made two saves, both in the first half.
AHEAD: Linfield returns home to host first-place Whitworth and Whitman next Saturday and Sunday. Match time both days is scheduled for noon.
Second goal of 2012
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