WHAT'S BRUIN - Women's Soccer News & Notes
Overall Record: 2-1-2 (H 2-1-2, A 0-0)
NWC Record: 1-0, 1st T (H 1-0, A 0-0)
Coming Up :
Fri., Sept. 17, 5:00 pm - vs. Whitman College, Newberg, Ore. (NWC)
Sun., Sept. 19, 12:00 pm - vs. Whitworth University, Newberg, Ore. (NWC)
The Bruins’ season-opening seven-game home stand continues this weekend with a pair of Northwest Conference contests against the eastern Washington teams, Whitman and Whitworth. Live stats are expected to be available for the first time at George Fox soccer matches this weekend.
In an unusual twist to the schedule, the Bruins will play conference soccer games on Friday and Sunday, with no matches on Saturday, for this weekend only. This came about because the Whits are also playing Pacific on this trip, but Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove is shared by the Boxers’ football and soccer teams. Saturday is a home date for the football team, thus precluding any soccer matches that day.
A 1-0 win over Pacific on Wednesday, only the Bruins’ second win in an NWC opener in the last ten years, has the team in an early tie for first place with Whitworth and Linfield. Kirsten Cardwell scored with an assist from Kassi Vanderkwaak in the first half, her second goal of the season and 24th of her career, and Becka Doyle made nine saves for her fifth career shutout, giving the Bruins a two-game winning steak.
Tickets: Ticket prices for George Fox soccer matches at the Austin Sports Complex, which is located at the corner of Villa Rd. and Crestview Dr. a mile north of the main campus, are $6 for adults and $3 for non-GFU students and seniors 55 and over. Children 6 and under who are not in school are free. George Fox faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with valid GFU ID; the ID covers immediate family members for George Fox employees.
This Week’s Opponents:
Whitman (2-2, NWC 0-1, 7th T): The Missionaries from Walla Walla, Wash., were picked 5th in the NWC pre-season poll, the Bruins 8th ... Whitman is coming off a 1-0 loss at Whitworth in their NWC opener Wednesday ... Whitman has won the last five meetings, including 2-0 in Walla Walla on Sept. 19 and 3-0 in Newberg on Oct. 25 last year ... The Bruins’ last win was 1-0 in Newberg on Sept. 22, 2007 ... In the latest NWC stats, Whitman is 2nd in points (22), goals (9), assists (4), 6th in goals allowed (6), goals against avg. (1.49), saves (19), shutouts (0), 8th in shots (46) ... Marissa Poorboy is 3rd in shots (14) ... Kelsey Roehner and Poorboy have 4 points apiece on a goal and 2 assists, while Julianne Masser and Marisol Fonzeca have 4 points on 2 goals each ... Fonzeca is 2nd in game-winning goals (2) ... Lauren Brougham is 5th in saves (16), 8th in goal against avg. (1.66), save pct. (.762) ... Coach Heather Cato is 2-2 to date in her first season ... Next: Sept. 19 at Pacific, 12 pm.
Whitworth (3-2, NWC 1-0, 1st T): The Pirates from Spokane, Wash., were picked 2nd in the NWC pre-season poll, the Bruins 8th ... Whitworth has won three in a row, including a 1-0 home win over Whitman in their NWC opener Wednesday ... The Pirates have won the last 10 meetings, including 1-0 in Spokane on Sept. 20 and 1-0 in overtime in Newberg on Oct. 24 last year ... The Bruins’ last win was 4-1 in Newberg on Oct. 17, 2004 ... In the latest NWC stats, Whitworth is 2nd in shots (66), shutouts (2), 3rd in assists (3), goals allowed (4), goals against avg. (0.77), 5th in points (13), goals (5), 8th in saves (14) ... DeeDee Garbe is 4th in shots (13) ... Five different Pirates have scored a goal apiece ... Callie Bergstrom is 1st in shutouts (2), 3rd in goals against avg. (0.77), 6th in save pct. (.778), 7th in saves (14) ... Coach Daman Hagerott is 66-26-5 to date in his 6th season ... Whitworth plays at Pacific Friday before meeting the Bruins ... Next: Sept. 25 vs. Puget Sound, 12 pm.
BRUIN BITS ---
* Montero Gets First-Week BAA, NWC Awards; Cardwell HM for NWC
With 110 shutout minutes in the Bruins’ first two games of the season, freshman goalkeeper Alyssa Montero of Hermosa Beach, Calif., earned both the Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athlete of the Week and the Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the first week of the season, Aug. 30-Sept. 5. In the second week, Sept. 6-12, forward Kirsten Cardwell, a senior from Springfield, Ore., received honorable mention for NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week.
Montero played 45 minutes in the second half of the season opener vs. Northwest and made four saves, helping preserve a 0-0 tie against the Eagles on Sept. 2 (no overtimes were played). In a 0-0 double-overtime deadlock with Warner Pacific on Sept. 4, she played 65 minutes in the second half and both extra periods, making two saves. The awards might easily have been shared with starting keeper Becka Doyle, who went both first halves and also made six saves while allowing no goals in 90 minutes of action. Montero currently ranks 3rd in the NWC in save pct. (.867), 5th in goals against avg. (0.90), saves per game (4.33), and 8th in saves (13).
Cardwell gave the Bruins their first victory on the new Austin Sports Complex field on Sept. 10 when she broke a 1-1 tie in the 68th minute of a 2-1 win over Evergreen State. She sent home the winner with a sliding foot-punch from five yards out following a cross from the end line by Cassady Gardner. Cardwell currently ranks 2nd in the NWC in game-winning goals (2, T), 4th in goals (2, T), 5th in points (5, T), 7th in goals per game (0.40, T), 9th in shots (11, T), points per game (0.80, T).
* 2010 Honors
Alyssa Montero ---
- Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athlete of the Week - (Aug. 30-Sept. 5)
- Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week - (Aug. 30-Sept. 5)
Kirsten Cardwell ---
- Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week - (HM, Sept. 6-12)
* First Bruins’ Goal on New Field Scored by Norton
After being shut out at home in their first three games (scoreless ties with Northwest and Warner Pacific and a 2-0 loss to Corban), the Bruins finally got their first goal on the brand-new Austin Sports Complex field in a 2-1 win over Evergreen State on Sept. 10. The honor of scoring the first goal on the new pitch went to Molly Norton, a sophomore midfielder from Orange, Calif., who headed in a corner kick from Nicole Akiu at the 21:00 mark in the first half, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Geoducks tied the game midway through the second half before Kirsten Cardwell gave the Bruins their first win at Austin with a score in the 68th minute off a pass from Cassady Gardner.
* NWC Stats: Bruin Defense Tops League in Saves and Shutouts
In the latest Northwest Conference statistics (thru Sept. 15), George Fox ranks 1st in saves (31), shutouts (3), 2nd in goals allowed (3), goals against avg. (0.57), 3rd in assists (3), 4th in shots (57), 6th in points (9), 7th in goals (3) ...
Kirsten Cardwell is 2nd in game-winning goals (2, T), 4th in goals (2, T), 5th in points (5, T), 7th in goals per game (0.40, T), 9th in shots (11, T), points per game (0.80, T) ...
Kassi Vanderkwaak is 4th in assists (1, T), 5th in assists per game (0.25, T), 9th in shots per game (2.50, T) ...
Nicole Akiu is 4th in assists (1, T), 10th in assists per game (0.20, T) ...
Cassy Gardner is 4th in assists (1, T) ...
Becka Doyle is 2nd in goals against avg. (0.33), save pct. (.944), shutouts (1, T), 4th in saves (17), 6th in saves per game (4.25) ...
Alyssa Montero is 3rd in save pct. (.867), 5th in goals against avg. (0.90), saves per game (4.33), 8th in saves (13) ...
* Career Lists: Cardwell Up to 6th in Career Points and Goals
- Kirsten Cardwell: With 5 points on the seasons (2 goals, 1 assist), Cardwell has 58 points in her career and has moved past Staci Morris (54, 1994-97) into 6th place on the all-time list. Ahead are Brooke (Pitner) Erickson (65, 2000-03) and Amber Stevens (66, 2004-07) ... With 2 goals this season, she has 24 goals in her career and is 6th on the all-time list. Ahead is Amber Stevens (24, 2004-07) ... With one assist this season, she has 10 assists in her career and needs one more to move into a tie for 9th on the all-time list with Nicole Akiu (11, 2007-), Julie Alexander (11, 2004-06) and Ashleigh Hughes (11, 1997-2000) ...
- Nicole Akiu: With one assist this season, Akiu has 11 assists in her career and is tied for 9th all-time with Julie Alexander (11, 2004-06) and Ashleigh Hughes (11, 1997-2000). Ahead are Staci Morris (12, 1994-97), Beth Kahut (12, 1994, 96-98), Sarah Bowder (12, 1995-98), and Kiersten Luginbill 12, 2003-04) ...
- Becka Doyle: With one shutout this season, Doyle has 5 shutouts in her career and is 6th on the all-time list. Ahead is Sally (Page) Alway (7, 2007-08) ... With 17 saves this season, she has 82 saves in her career, 7th on the all-time list. Ahead is Sally (Page) Alway (110, 2007-08) ...
* Coach Andy Hetherington:
Andy Hetherington (St. John's, U.K., '76) is 58-93-8 (.391) in his 9th season as the women's soccer coach at George Fox. He was 123-20-5 in 10 seasons as a high school coach in the Portland, Ore., area before taking the position at George Fox. Eight of his teams made state tournaments, and his 1991 and 1992 Catlin Gabel men’s teams won state championships. Click here for the complete bio on Coach Hetherington.