Men’s soccer retires cleats after final loss

Samantha Sigler

Freshman Eric Gutierrez goes after Willamette defender Luke Falcone to retrieve the ball Nov. 5 at home. Joel Ray/Photo editor

The Wildcats’ men’s soccer team played its last game of the season against the Willamette University Bearcats and lost with a score of 0-3 Nov. 5.

This was the Wildcats’ fifth consecutive shutout game of the season, which is not how it wanted to end the season.

While the Wildcats outshot the Bearcats with 14 shots to their 12, and both teams gained the same amount of corner kicks with five each, the Wildcats appeared unable to finish their attempts at goals while the Bearcats proved to be more successful.

Willamette scored 69 seconds into the game, which gave them a quick advantage over the Wildcats.

This was also the fastest any opponent has scored against the Wildcats all season.

Just seven and a half minutes later, another goal was made, which the Wildcats’ goalkeeper sophomore Scott Goodman was unable to block.

By the 22nd minute, Willamette made its third and final goal of the game with an additional unassisted goal.

While both Linfield and Willamette each made five shots, neither team proved successful in making any goals the second half of the game.

This led to Willamette’s victory, which tied it for fifth place in the Northwest Conference.

This was the final game for Wildcat seniors Kyle Brouse, Zach Farrington and Wil Hiles, with Farrington graduating with the third most minutes played in program history.

The Wildcats ended their 2011 season with a record of 1-12-1 in league matches and a record of 2-14-11 overall.

Samantha Sigler/
News editor
Samantha Sigler can be reached at [email protected].