Linfield rallies in second half to topple Bearcats, 4-3

McMINNVILLE - Linfield scored twice in a two-minute span to come from behind and beat Willamette 4-3 in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Saturday.

Tied 2-2 at the intermission, the Bearcats (6-11-2, 5-7-2) took command at 48:27 following a mad scramble in front of the Linfield goal. Phil Harris got the equalizer with his second goal of the match at 67:33, sending the ball up the middle past WU goalie Andrew Ward. Harris then fed Jason Wong with a cross and the freshman forward sent home the match-winner at 68:57.

Harris and Yoshi Kawase scored three minutes apart in the first half, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 cushion. But Willamette rallied to tie with two goals by A.J. Nash in the 24th and 43rd minutes.

Linfield outshot the Bearcats 16-7. Ward made six saves. Wildcats goalie Taylor Fowles made three stops.

Linfield completed its second-best regular-season record in program history under first-year coach Eric Swanson. The Wildcats improved to 15-1-2, 11-1-2 in the NWC, while WU fell to 6-11-2 and 5-7-2.