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LINFIELD 2, GEORGE FOX 0: Pair of Good Fellows Goals Lifts No. 23 Wildcats by Bruins
McMINNVILLE, Ore. - A pair of goals by Northwest Conference scoring leader Emily Fellows, one in each half, carried the nationally-ranked Linfield College Wildcats to a 2-0 win over the George Fox University Bruins and the best start in team history in a women’s soccer match Sunday afternoon here at the Linfield soccer field.
Linfield, ranked 23rd in the d3soccer.com national poll, is now 6-0 overall, topping the Wildcats’ 5-0 start in 2003, and 2-0 in the conference. George Fox is 1-4-2 overall and 0-3 in the NWC.
Fellows notched her first goal of the game at the 17:21 mark when she collected a long ball from Anna Sours, split the Bruin defense, and sent home her eighth goal of the year. She added her second of the game and ninth of the season just 36 seconds from the end by heading in a corner kick from the left by Madisen Stewart.
In between scores, the George Fox defense was kept busy clearing crosses and pressuring Linfield shots as the Wildcats took a total of 33 tries, 11 of them on goal. Bruin keeper Alyssa Montero made a season-high nine saves in the contest.
Linfield’s defense, which has allowed only one goal total in six games, limited the Bruins to one shot the entire day, a wide attempt by Melanie Gaither 30 minutes into the game. Taylor Collinsworth was credited with the Wildcats’ fifth shutout of the season but had no saves to make.
NEXT: George Fox plays its first conference home game Saturday when the Bruins host Whitworth University at 12:00 noon ... Linfield visits the 10-time defending Northwest Conference champion University of Puget Sound Saturday, also at 12:00 noon.