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September 23, 2012

25th-Ranked Linfield Downs PLU in Women's Soccer

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Linfield scored a goal in each half and dominated play in beating Pacific Lutheran, 2-0, in a Northwest Conference women's soccer match played Sunday afternoon at the Linfield soccer field.

Emily Fellows and Emma Vukic both had an assist and a goal and keeper Taylor Collinsworth recorded her fourth clean sheet of the season for the Wildcats, ranked No. 25 in the Division III national poll.

After losing their first match of the season yesterday, the Wildcats (7-1, 3-1 NWC) got a close-range shot in the first minute that forced a save from PLU's Marisa Gonzalez. The hosts broke the scoreless deadock in the 21st minute, when Anna Sours sent in a cross from the left side of the field. Fellows flicked the ball on to Vukic, who finished with a right-footed shot.

With just over eight minutes to play in the first, PLU's Jennifer Brus sent a ball into the Wildcats' box that found the foot of Blake Warner, but her shot went just wide.

PLU (2-1-2, 0-1-3 NWC) created another threat with less than a minute left in the first. The Lutes sent the ball into the box and Linfield's back line could not clear it out. Mimi Granlund struck the ball but missed high, and the 'Cats salvaged the 1-0 advantage going into the break.

The Wildcats outshot PLU in the first half 12-4, forcing Gonzalez to make four saves. While Collinsworth didn't have to make any saves, she was faced with heavy pressure several times in the opening period.

Linfield continued to push forward to open the second half, as Sours sent a cross in from the left corner of the field. Gonzalez was there to snatch it out of the air before Vaughan could get a head on it.

With 24 minutes to play, Linfield doubled its lead. Vukic played a ball through to Fellows, who achieved double digits in the scoring category with her 10th goal of the season.

With 10 minutes to play, PLU sent a cross through Linfield's box, but Collinsworth was there to secure it.

The 'Cats took 25 shots to just six for PLU, and the hosts also enjoyed a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Lutes return to conference action next weekend when they travel across the state to face Whitworth on Saturday and Whitman on Sunday.

(Courtesy of Linfield Sports Information)