PT. LOMA NAZARENE 5, GEORGE FOX 0: Bruins Blanked by Sea Lions to Close Out Cal Trip
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Unable to hold off the offensive onslaught of the Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions in the second half, the George Fox University Bruins closed out their season-opening California trip with a 5-0 loss in a non-conference men's soccer match Saturday afternoon here at the PLNU Field.
The Sea Lions of the NAIA took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Joaquin Hernandez directed a corner kick from Jon Fielding into the net at the 14:18 mark. It was the first goal of the season for Hernandez and the only score of the half for Pt. Loma despite 23 shot attempts for the Sea Lions to four for the Bruins.
Pt. Loma's shot attempts dropped to 15 but they were successful on a higher percentage in the second half, icing the contest with four goals in the final period, three of them in a nine-minute span. Fielding has assists on each of the Sea Lions' first two goals of the half, bending a cross to the middle where Francois Furlan headed it in for his first score of the season at 58:12, then centering a corner kick to Macaine Piercy for his first goal at 71:11.
Kyle Ertel picked up his first score of the season when he redirected a deflection by Bruin keeper Jake Maguire back into the net for an unassisted goal at 75:52. Tyler Hall's first goal closed out the scoring at 79:39 when he headed in a cross from Grant Cowles.
Maguire finished with eight saves in goal for George Fox, while Eric Leboff was virtually untested, saving the only shot on goal, by Fidel Izquierdo, that the Bruins managed in six total attempts. Pt. Loma finished with 38 shots in all, 14 on goal, and held a huge 19-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Sea Lions committed 14 fouls to only four by the Bruins.
George Fox (0-2) returns home to host Northwest Christian University in its first game at Morse Field this season on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Pt. Loma (1-1) host Holy Names University Thursday at 4:00 p.m.