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Linfield women's soccer escapes in overtime

Linfield’s Anna Sours scored with five minutes remaining in double overtime as the Wildcats scraped out a 2-1 victory over Northwest Conference opponent Whitman on Sunday at the Linfield soccer field.

Whitman (3-8-1, 2-4-1 NWC) won an early direct free kick just outside the Wildcats’ 18-yard box. The strike gave the Missionaries the 1-0 lead just two minutes in the match.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first, Lauren Pyrch set up to take a free kick just inside Whitman territory. The defender sent the ball into the box, and Emily Fellows used her head to knock it into the net and even the score at 1-1.

The ’Cats won a corner in the opening minutes of the first period of exra time, but could not convert as the Missionaries cleared the loose ball out of the box. A minute later, Sour put the ball in an open net to end the match.

CAT SCRATCH: For the fourth consecutive game, Linfield ended the second half in a deadlock, this time finishing off the victory with the late heroics from Sours. … This marks the second consecutive game in which Linfield came from behind to win in overtime. … The Wildcats won a total of 16 corners in the match while Whitman earned just one. … Linfield is now two points out of first place, which is shared by Whitworth and Puget Sound.

Men’s soccer

Trevor Jensen scored three goals for Willamette, and the Bearcats beat Linfield 3-2 in a Northwest Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Linfield soccer field.

Brad Dupea once again took advantage of a brisk wind, and set up a free kick right at midfield. For the second time in six days, the defender scored a goal from half field on a set piece, giving Linfield (5-6, 3-4 NWC) the early 1-0 lead.

Willamette (5-6-1, 2-4-1 NWC) found an equalizer with 24 minutes to play in the first half. With eight minutes to play in the first, Willamette converted on a penalty kick to make it 2-1 at halftime.

With 30 minutes left to play in the match, Jensen struck again, completing his hat trick with a spectacular shot from 25 yards out that glanced off the right post and into the net.

With 20 minutes remaining, the Wildcats won a direct free kick from the right side of the field after a yellow card was issued to a Willamette player. Tyler Repic sent in a cross, and Tyler Sedlacek finished a shot with his right foot from inside the box to narrow the score to 3-2.

Volleyball

Whitworth outscored Linfield 7-4 down the stretch to pull out a topsy turvy five-set Northwest Conference victory Saturday at the Whitworth Fieldhouse. The scores were 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25 and 16-14.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 7-9 for the season and 2-6 in the NWC at the midway point of the season. Whitworth improved to 5-9 and 2-6 in the NWC.

Kailana Ritte-Camara paced Linfield with 14 kills and 20 digs. Shayli Coppock and Leimomi Hookano each notched nine kills. Audrey Frazier distributed 39 assists to go along with three service aces. Courtney Wanamaker scooped up 25 digs for the ’Cats.

The loss was Linfield’s seventh consecutive and sixth defeat in a row in conference play.

Women’s golf

With only one golfer posting a sub-90 score over two days, Linfield finished fifth of eight teams at the Culturame Classic, hosted by George Fox University, contested at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.

Linfield sat in fourth place after the first round, but Whitworth improved its team score by 22 strokes on the second day to slide ahead of the Wildcats. Host George Fox was first overall (315-317-632), UC-Santa Cruz placed second (328-333-661), Willamette took third (336-326-662), Whitworth finished fourth (364-342-706) and Linfield was fifth (361-363-724).

The Wildcats’ lowest individual score came from Sophie Corr, who was the only Linfield golfer to post a better score on day two. She took nine strokes off her first-round score, carding a 94-84-177 to finish 18th overall at 31 strokes over par. Corr also provided one of the highlights for the Wildcats on Sunday, chipping in for eagle on the par-4 fifth hole.

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