A win propels the Wildcats forward after a fought draw

Emma Knudson, Staff writer

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After a double overtime battle that ended in a draw Saturday afternoon between Linfield and George Fox at the Austin Sport Complex, the Linfield women’s team came out on top over Pacific on a Sunday afternoon home game in dominating style, 2-0.

On Saturday, Michayla Sponsel, ‘21, was the only Wildcat scorer, making it the freshman’s first college career goal. Despite the team blocking the Bruin’s numerous shots thereafter, the score tied 1-1 with 20 minutes left in the game.

Sarah Bailey, ‘19, was able to hold off five shots on goal in overtime by George Fox. Neither team was able to change the outcome in overtime.

The next day, the Wildcats ferociously came back to top the Pacific Boxers, 2-0.

It wasn’t long for the ’Cats to get on the scoreboard with sophomore Taylor Cole’s, ‘20, goal 10 minutes into the match, assisted by Yasmeen Ramos, ‘19. Linfield dominated in shots on goal, totaling 30 attempts to Pacific’s three.

In the last seconds of the first half, freshman Emma Smith, ‘21, scored the second goal on a penalty kick, which would be the Wildcats’ solidifying move to an impressive game.

“I thought that our team effort was really good today and we played hard the entire game,” Cole said after Sunday’s game.

“A lot of players made a difference and played key roles in today’s success!” Cole said.

Linfield is now fifth in the Northwest Conference with a record of 3-2-1. The team’s overall record is 5-4-1.

Next up is a home game against Whitworth 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.7.

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A win propels the Wildcats forward after a fought draw