Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – The schedule has turned to the second time through Northwest Conference opponents for the Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team, as they travel to Oregon to take on Pacific University on Friday, followed with a match against Linfield College on Sunday.
Leah Magee has been a wonderful complement to established scorers Machaela Graddy, Kaylie Rozell, and Liz Griffith. With extra attention headed towards those players, Magee has found openings for herself. She leads the Northwest Conference with seven goals, including scoring two goals and an assist in PLU's (10-2, 7-1 NWC) 5-0 win over George Fox University last Saturday.
"I look to play according to who is on the field with me, whether Mac, Kaylie, or Liz," Magee said. "(Head Coach) Seth (Spidahl) of course has had a huge impact. He's really encouraged me to push harder down the lines and helped me gain more confidence in taking people on."
For Magee, scoring is an art. Art is something the sophomore from Olympia, Washington is very familiar with. With the limited spare time she has as a student-athlete, Magee likes to create art.
She enjoys drawing and painting the most. The psychology major uses those mediums sooth her mind.
"Art has always had a special place for me," Magee said. "My grandmother got me involved in it when I was little, probably around first grade maybe. She encouraged a lot of what I make art-wise now. Which is typically some sort of nature or conceptual art. My favorites are really just sketching and painting but I know how to use pastels as well. It's a good outlet."
Magee and the rest of the PLU women's soccer team look to paint the field gold with wins over Pacific and Linfield this weekend in Oregon.
Oct. 13: PLU vs. Pacific in Forest Grove, Oregon (7 p.m.)
Series History: Of the 68 times the Lutes and the Boxers have competed on the pitch, PLU holds a 42-16-10 record all-time. PLU picked up a solid 3-0 win over Pacific when the team's faced off at East Field on Sept. 16.
About the Boxers: Pacific (0-10-2, 0-7-1 NWC) is still searching for its first win of the season and heads into Friday looking to snap a five-game slide. The Boxers battled to a 2-2 double overtime stalemate against Whitman College on Sept. 23 but has been shutout in their last five games, falling to Whitworth University (1-0), Willamette University (3-0), Linfield College (2-0), Lewis & Clark College (2-0), and University of Puget Sound (2-0).
Of the Boxers' six goals this season, four have come off the boots of Emily Thompson or Kayla Mizo. Thompson leads the team in points with five (two goals and one assist) while Mizo sits tied with Thompson for the team lead in goals (two). Saya Brown has been Pacific's primary goalkeeper, making 49 saves on the season with a 2.32 goals against average.
Oct. 15: PLU vs. Linfield in McMinnville, Oregon (12 p.m.)
Series History: The Lutes and Wildcats have met 67 times on the pitch with PLU owning a 43-22-2 advantage in the all-time series. When the two teams squared off on Sept. 17th, PLU beat Linfield 1-0 on a goal from Kelsey Hathaway.
About the Wildcats: Linfield (6-5-1, 4-3-1 NWC) sits tied with Willamette for fourth place in the Northwest Conference standings. Last weekend, the Wildcats fell 3-2 to visiting Whitworth before rebounding with a 4-0 shellacking of Whitman. Kristen Burke tallied a pair of goals in the blowout win while Sydney Kuehn tallied a pair of helpers.
Emma Smith has had no problem finding the back of the net for Linfield, leading with four goals. Taylor Cole and Burke follow close behind with three goals apiece. Kuehn is the team's assist leader making three passes that have led to goals.
Sarah Bailey is the team's main goalkeeper, accumulating 987 minutes in goal this season. She's made 56 saves while allowing 15 goals.