Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team kicked off another weekend of Northwest Conference play with a tough 1-1 double overtime tie against host Linfield College on Saturday afternoon.
The Lutes (5-4-2, 2-2-1 NWC) snagged the first lead of the game when Eddie Na scored on a penalty kick in the 35th minute. The penalty kick was awarded after a foul by the Wildcat's Wyatt Lay, who was also given a yellow card. Linfield (0-8-2, 0-4-1 NWC) answered in the second half when a header from Rhys Lendio found the back of the net after a corner kick was deflected out in the 51st minute.
The teams remained even from there. Even though the Lutes had a few near misses, they were never able to score again, and so the game ended in a tie.
"The difference between today being a great day and getting a disappointing result was finishing," head coach John Yorke said. "We hit the post twice and the crossbar twice and had several near misses. The game was, and always is, a matter of small details and a few inches here or there today and we could have come away with a win."
Although the Lutes were seemingly too unlucky to come away with a win, more mental focus could have also given the team a positive result.
"We continue to be impatient at times," Yorke said. "We need to have a maturity about us tomorrow that we possess but don't always display and remember that the game does not always provide instant gratification."
Jack Rose played a full game for the Lutes at goalie, grabbing two saves while allowing one goal. Linfield goalie Jorge Rodriguez also played a complete game for the Wildcats, getting six saves while allowing a goal.
The Lutes can still come away with a big win on Sunday at Willamette University, and Yorke believes that his team is up to the task.
"We need to do what we do well and do it consistently over 90 minutes," Yorke said. "There are good players on this team and a lot of good character. I'm a believer in this group and know they are capable of great things."
The Lutes take the field at 2:30 Sunday afternoon in Salem, Oregon.