Sep 10, 2017

Bruins Explode In Second Half With Win Over Beacons

A Winning Tradition

  • 2 NCCAA National Championships (1988, 1990)
  • 4 NCCAA National Tournaments (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • 4 NCCAA District/Regional Championships (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • 6 NCCAA District/Regional Tournaments (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990)
  • 1 NAIA National Tournament (1993)
  • 1 NAIA Regional/Area Championship (1993)
  • 3 NAIA Regional/Area Tournaments (1993, 1996, 1998)
  • 2 NAIA District Championships (1990, 1993)
  • 5 NAIA District Tournaments (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 Northwest Conference Tournaments (1995, 1996)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Tournament (1994)
  • 4 NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • 1 NCCAA National Player of the Year (Dan LaVeine, 1990)
  • 1 NSCAA/Umbro National Goalkeeper of the Year (Jeff Nelson, 1994)
  • 1 NAIA Area Coach of the Year
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year
  • 34 All-Americans 
  • 16 Academic All-Americans 
  • 11 players signed to professional contracts

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's soccer team hosted Northwest Christian Sunday afternoon, earning a thrilling 3-2 victory over its NAIA opponents.  


It was the Bruin defense that initially set the tone, allowing only two shots on goal in the first half, both of which were saved by keeper Austin Burdick. The defensive intensity kept the Beacons from settling into an offensive groove, as George Fox held the opposition scoreless through the first 45.

Bruin forward Alejandro Saldana tallied two shots in the first half, while midfielder Sean Owens contributed one, though neither team was able to find the back of the net as the opening half ended, 0-0.

The Beacons struck first with a goal in the 56th minute to jump out to the 1-0 lead.

Unfazed, the Bruins returned fire just five minutes later with a goal in the 61st minute. Junior midfielder Noah LaMadrid took the throw-in, sending the ball into the box to the waiting Kody Ulrich, who headed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net, tying the game at one goal apiece.

The Bruins stayed aggressive with three shots in the ensuing 10 minutes, but the Beacons managed to strike again in the 71st minute to put themselves up by one.

Just three minutes later, Bruins' Gabe Ramirez had a free kick into the box that deflected off of the opposing defense and into the goal, tying the game 2-2.

With victory in their sights and time running out, the Bruins made their move to steal the win in the final 10 minutes of play. Owens placed a beautiful cross into the box that was brilliantly headed in by Moises Manon for the game-winning goal.

The Bruin defense stayed tough through the final minutes as the time ran out with George Fox earning a hard-fought victory, 3-2.

Top Performers:

Ulrich, Manon and Ramirez each contributed a goal in what was a winning effort for the Bruins. Saldana, Owens, Ramirez and Ulrich all tallied two shots apiece to lead the George Fox offense.

Keeper Austin Burdick anchored the defense with four saves between the sticks in a tough defensive effort.

What It Means:

The Bruins open the 2017 season with a record of 2-3 after Sunday's play.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host UC Santa Cruz Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 2:00pm in a friendly matchup at home.