Men’s Soccer Struggles Against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran

Sara Levering, Staff Writer

Linfield lost on the road this weekend to both Tacoma Northwest Conference teams. On Saturday, the Wildcats faced Puget Sound. The Loggers ran away with the win scoring four times in the second half with the final score 5-2.

Linfield put some goals up on the scoreboard, but could not catch up to the third place Puget Sound Loggers to grab the win. The first goal came from Andrew Fischer, ‘19, in the 40th minute unassisted. He kicked the ball and fortunately, it bounced off a defender and went into the goal. Next, Brian DeGrandmont for the second goal kicked from a severe angle on the right side of the goal.

Linfield managed to have more shots than the Loggers, the Wildcats with 12 and the Loggers with 7. DeGrandmont led the ‘Cats with six shots, three of them on goal. Linfield also led with corner kicks with six to Puget Sound with 4. Goalkeeper Jorge Rodriguez, ‘17, had one save on the day.

Linfield hoped to bounce back against Pacific Lutheran. Linfield could not catch a break. Pacific Lutheran dominated possession with 20 shots to Linfield’s 8. Ultimately, Pacific Lutheran grabbed the win 3-0, which was an unfortunate end to the weekend for the Wildcats.

Degrandmont again led the Wildcats with 3 shots. Rhys Lendio, ‘18, had two and both were on goal.

There were very little corner kicks for the game, Pacific Lutheran with one and Linfield with zero. Goalkeeper Rodriguez had seven saves on the day.

“We were outplayed on Saturday against UPS and were victim to two close-range free kick goals on Sunday, which was the difference in the match” Lendio commented.

“To finish the season, we just have to give our all in the remaining games. If we do this, we are bound to capture a few results, because a majority of our next five games are winnable” Lendio said.

The Linfield Wildcats are now 0-12-2 overall and 0-8-1 in the Northwest Conference.

Next up, Linfield looks to bounce back at home against the Pacific University Boxers on Saturday, kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm. Then Sunday, they head to Newberg to face the George Fox Bruins at 2:30pm.