Bearcat Men Earn Respect With 2-1 Win at Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Senior Adam Moshofsky's two first-half goals powered the Willamette University mens soccer team to a 2-1 upset of nationally ranked Linfield Wednesday at the Linfield soccer field.

Moshofsky, an all-league defender a year ago who has moved to forward, tallied twice in an eight-minute span to stake the Bearcats (2-2-2 overall, 1-0 NWC) to a 2-0 advantage during the opening 28 minutes.

Moshofsky found the right corner of the net for an unassisted goal at 19:19, then took a feed from Ricardo Sanchez for his second score at 27:41.

Linfield pulled within one at 34:45 when a Willamette defender inadvertently knocked the ball into the Bearcats' net.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in the latest NSCAA poll and pegged by the Northwest Conference coaches as the title favorite, didn't live up to their advance billing. Time and again, the Bearcats thwarted Linfield scoring opportunities. Willamette goalkeeper Dane Meier made nine saves, including five in the first half.

The Wildcats outshot the visitors 11-7 in the first half and 19-9 for the match, but Willamette made the most of its scoring chances.

Led by sweeper AJ Nash (pictured above) and company, the Bearcats played flawless defense in the second half.

Linfield goalie Phil Haines saw his streak of without allowing a goal come to an end after 417 minutes of action. Haines had two saves in the match.

The Bearcats conclude a five game road trip this weekend, playing Saturday at Pacific and Sunday at George Fox. Both games are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Adam Moshofsky

Adam Moshofsky