NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox gave 17th-ranked Linfield all it could handle, but the Bruins ultimately came up short in their upset bid as the Wildcats left the Austin Sports Complex Saturday afternoon with a hard-fought 1-0 women's soccer victory.
Emily Fellows (Jr., Portland, Ore.) spoiled the Bruins' hopes of victory and gave Linfield (15-1-1, 11-1-1 NWC) another key three points in the Northwest Conference team standings. The ‘Cats continue to lead 11-time defending champion Puget Sound, which was idle, by two points. The two title contenders meet Sunday in Tacoma.
The Bruins, meanwhile, saw their record drop to 3-13-1 overall, including 1-11-1 against league foes.
Held scoreless for the opening half for just the sixth time all season, the Wildcats came out of the halftime chat on a mission, firing off six shots over the first 7:17 of the second period. As she has done so many times before, Fellows was the one who came through for Linfield, scoring the game-winning goal, the 26th of her career, in the 57th minute.
Emma Vukic (Soph., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) was credited with the assist, her fourth of the year, after serving up a well-placed corner kick for Fellows, who headed the ball inside the left post for the decisive Wildcat lead.
Defensively, the Wildcats limited the Bruins to just seven shots for the entire match, and did not surrender a single corner kick. Kallina Haase (Soph., Portland, Ore.) took the win after making denying three shots, including a great look from Hannah Harder a little more than 12 minutes after the opening whistle.
George Fox keeper Alyssa Montero kept busy all afternoon, getting her hands on 14 of Linfield's 36 shot attempts. Harder, Jenna Prewitt and Becca Allen paced the Bruin offense with two shots apiece, with Harder and Allen providing two of GFU's attempts on goal.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Fellows recorded her 19th goal of the season and the 70th of her career…Linfield's four most recent victories have been decided by one goal…the Wildcats improved to 9-2-1 when ranked in the Top 25...Haase earned her ninth win of the year...the Linfield defense recorded its ninth shutout of the season, one away from the single-season record.
AHEAD: First place in the Northwest Conference team standings is on the line Sunday in Tacoma, where Linfield and Puget Sound square off beginning at 11 a.m.
Part of Linfield defense that yields just seven shots
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