Men’s soccer stumbled, tumbled away in Washington games

Alex Jensen, Staff writer

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The Wildcats toppled in double overtime against the Puget Sound Loggers and slumped to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes.

The men’s soccer team was in Washington over the weekend, playing against the Loggers on Saturday and the Lutes on Sunday.

“We battled hard this weekend against two very physical teams. We showed up to play and gave them a fight,” said sophomore Isaias Flores.

Neither team was able to get the ball in the back of the net in the first half on Saturday despite five shots from the Loggers and two from the Wildcats.

The second half was a different story for both teams but the pages didn’t turn till the last five minutes of regular time. After a rebounded shot, Flores found the back the of the net, getting the Wildcats on the board first with 84:03 on the clock.

The Wildcats were not celebrating for long because Loggers’ Luke Murdock scored off a rebounded shot less than five minutes later, making the game tied with 13 seconds on the clock.

Senior goalkeeper Eli Peckham held the Loggers four shots off in the first round of overtime but three minutes into golden ball, Murdock found the back of the Wildcats net again.

Peckham fended off the Loggers’ 21 shots and 7 shots on the goal in the

duration of the game. He had a total of five saves.

On Saturday, the number one ranked Lutes dominated the game 4-1. Lutes’ Joe Sammartino got the first two shots on the board at 16:02 and 58:27 on the clock.

The Wildcats were rewarded a penalty kick after Lutes goalkeeper came and took out Ryan Kister. Still beaten up from the penalty, Kister opted out from taking the kick and handed it over to teammate Flores. Flores felt confident in his abilities be- cause he had scored off one previous- ly this season.

The ‘Cats got on the board at 74:43 on the clock.

Eddie Na from the Lutes scored two more goals, bringing the game to its final score.

“I was happy to give two goals this weekend but it wasn’t enough to come away with victories. We battled and fought for each other and hopefully we can get a W for our seniors next weekend,” Flores said.

Linfield has a conference record of 0-12-1 and an overall of 2-14-1.

The Wildcats play their last game of the season home at noon on Nov. 4. “I think at this point in the sea- son we’re playing our best soccer. We caught some tough breaks this weekend, which swayed the games, but we’ll be looking to continue our momentum into the last game next weekend,” said Peckham.