Lutes Pull Away From Linfield in High-Scoring Match
PARKLAND, Wash. - Spencer Augustin and Chad Kearns both scored their second goals of the match in the second half as Pacific Lutheran pulled away from visiting Linfield for a 5-2 Northwest Conference men's soccer victory on Saturday afternoon.
The first half saw a total of five goals scored and the Lutes holding a 3-2 lead, but Augustin and Kearns added tallies as the Lutes won their 10th match of the season against five defeats. More importantly, they improved their NWC record to 7-3 to stay within four points and striking distance of conference co-leaders Whitworth and Pacific with four matches remaining. With the defeat, Linfield fell to 5-9-1 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Kearns opened the scoring just 2:38 into the match and later closed it with just under 10 minutes remaining. Kearns, a sophomore forward from Seattle, leads the team with nine goals this season. In between Kearns' tallies, Augustin notched his sixth and seventh goals of the season. Jason Bjorgo scored his second of the season at the 28:59 mark to give the Lutes a 3-1 lead at the time.
After Kearns and Augustin put the Lutes on top 2-0, Michel Camacho notched his third goal on Danny Snelgrow's assist to halve Linfield's deficit. After Bjorgo scored, Linfield again pulled to within a goal on Kurtis Wong's header, his seventh tally of the season, the assist going to Travis Isaacs.
Pacific Lutheran finally pulled away on Augustin's goal at 74:36 and Kearns' final tally at 80:26.
The Lutes took 25 shots, 13 on goal, to 10 shots, six on goal, for the Wildcats. PLU enjoyed a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks. Brian Kostol made four saves for PLU and Cody Tipton came up with eight saves for Linfield.
PLU returns to action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Willamette in another Northwest Conference match.
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