Pacific Lutheran Lutes and Puget Sound Loggers, oh my

Alex Jensen

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The Wildcats fell to number one and three seeds in conference. Linfield played top ranked school Pacific Lutheran University Sunday afternoon and lost 0-2. Friday night the Wildcats were against third ranked school University of Puget Sound and lost 0-1.

“It is frustrating because we have such good players and we are not winning games,” Carol Thomas, ’20, said about the losses.

The Lutes held the majority possession of the game but the Wildcats were able keep them at bay throughout the first half with no scores.

The first goal was scored off a corner kick at minute 54:36 by Hailey Smoot.

“We were communicating so well in the first half but once goals were scored it dipped. I felt that hurt us tremendously,” Anne Ferguson, ’19, said.

Ferguson was determined to prevent the Lutes from scoring again and threw her body in front of the ball to stop a runaway Lutes player inside the goal box. Later in the half, Ferguson prevented another goal by booting the ball down the field after goalkeeper Madi Reimer, ’21, bounced the ball off her hands.

After an early slide by Reimer, Lutes Amber Richard dribbled around her for a wide-open shot on goal. The second goal of the game took place at minute 75:49.

“It was obviously pretty frustrating because in the first half we were playing pretty good and in the second have we were just so different. Sometimes the effort was not there and just making silly mistakes was a big problem for us,” Reimer said.

This weekend was Reimer’s first collegiate appearance. Head Coach Cole McCool said that normal starting goalkeeper Sarah Bailey, ’19, was going through a rough patch and made some costly mistakes.

He added that Reimer has been training hard and will be the starting goalkeeper for the time being. “I think she was expected to do a lot and handled herself well coming in as a freshman with high expectations,” Bailey said.

Bailey was named NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the week Oct. 2 after recording 11 saves over the weekend. She had nine saves in a 1-1 extra-time draw to George Fox and two save in a 2-0 shutout of Pacific.

Bailey had no comments on McCool’s remarks.

In Friday night’s game against the University of Puget Sound, the Wildcats appeared stiff and asleep until Loggers Gabbie Berg shot the first goal off a cross. With a goal in mind, the Wildcats fought back hard but were unable to get a goal in. Linfield has an overall record of 6-7-1 and a conference record of 4-5-1.

The Wildcats are away next weekend playing the Willamette Bearcats at noon, Saturday in Salem and the Lewis and Clark Pio’s at noon, Sunday in Portland.