WSOC: Bruins Season Finale vs. Lutes Washed Out by Torrential Downpour
NEWBERG, Ore. - With George Fox University holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, thunder, lightning, hail, and a torrential downpour wiped out the second half, resulting in a "no contest" finale in the season-ending Northwest Conference women's soccer game between the Bruins and Pacific Lutheran University Lutes Saturday here at Morse Field.
The Bruins had taken a 1-0 lead on Jenny McKinsey's eighth goal of the season, scoring off a well-executed corner kick by Esther Harder at the 28:58 mark. George Fox took 10 first-half shots, six on goal, with PLU keeper Ivory Harvey making five saves, while the Lutes got off three shots, one on goal, which was saved by the Bruins' Becka Doyle. However, none of the statistics will count in the final totals because college rules require an official game to go at least 70 minutes.
Play was not resumed after intermission due to lightning in the area, which calls for a 30-minute wait after the latest flash that is seen. By the time the wait was over, rain and hail had soaked the ground so thoroughly that the teams' coaches and officials were reluctant to resume for fear of a potential serious injury to a player as well as standing water several inches deep in the lower levels of the playing surface. The game was finally cancelled around 12:45 p.m.
George Fox finishes the season 7-12 overall and in eighth place in the conference at 4-11. Pacific Lutheran's final record is 5-13-1 and 4-10-1 in the NWC, in seventh place.
The Bruins bid farewell to a pair of seniors, Kayla Corn and McKinsey, in pre-game ceremonies. McKinsey, who played at PLU as a freshman, ended her three-year George Fox career as the Bruins' all-time leader in assists (20), second in all-time points (80), and third in career goals (30). She scored nine goals while at PLU, giving her 39 overall with 98 total points in her four seasons.