’Cats win in finale of season, finish fourth in conference

Sara Levering, Copy Editor

The Lady Linfield Wildcats hosted the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, who gave them yet another challenge.

On a rainy and chilly Saturday afternoon, both teams were slipping and sliding all over the muddy field, to say the least.

The Wildcats and Lutes were extremely even on possession of the duration of the game. The Lutes edged the Wildcats on shots and corner kicks by just a few.

After a scoreless first and second half, the Wildcats proceeded to go into overtime, which they have encountered multiple times this season. The first and second overtime were scoreless, resulting in a tie 0-0 on the day.

Emma Vukic, ’16, had some beautiful dribbling toward the goal and had several shot on goal attempts. Sami Moellmer, ’19, had some beautiful passes and connected with Ally Bushman, ’19, as well but were unable to get a goal.

On the day, goalkeeper Elisa Randel, ’19, registered seven saves for the Wildcats.

Marisa Specht, ’16, said, “I’m very proud of how we played today, we were able to hold our own for the entire 110 minutes.”

“Today was the day when we realized it is important to be at our A game the entire 90 minutes even though the elements were against us,” she said.

Specht, a senior, said, “Soccer has been everything to me at Linfield. My best friends have come from it, I was kept healthy and I don’t know where I’d be without the support system of my soccer sisters and coaches.”

On Sunday, the lady ’Cats took on the George Fox University Bruins at McMinnville High School’s Wortman Stadium due to a muddy and unplayable field at Linfield.

It was cloudy during the first half and as the second half began, scattered showers throughout the second half occurred.

Vukic scored twice on the final day for her in a Wildcat jersey.

Linfield took the lead in the 25th minute by Vukic scoring on a connecting pass by Ally Bushman, ’19, who got the assist.

Bushman passed from the wing to Vukic who kicked from 18 yards out. Vukic scored from the same spot several minutes later assisted by Moellmer.

Randel had eight saves on the win and Linfield had 20 shots to George Fox’s 15.

Linfield is graduating eight seniors this season: Specht, Vukic, Brianna Norris, Makenzie Peterson, Regan Cox, Rachael Gernhart, Miranda Hire and Emilie Kongsore.

Five of the eight seniors have started at least once this season. Notably, Emma Vukic is second in goals scored with eleven, and Rachael Gernhart is sixth in goals scored with six among Northwest Conference teams.

Specht, Vukic and Cox have started every game this season, and Gernhart has played every game this season. All eight graduating seniors started the game as part of senior day.

Linfield finishes the season 7-5-4 with 25 points and placed fourth in Northwest Conference standings.