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WILLAMETTE 3, GEORGE FOX 0: Bearcats’ Skelly Scuttles Bruins for Season Sweep
NEWBERG, Ore. – Northwest Conference women’s soccer scoring co-leader Stephanie Skelly struck again Saturday afternoon here at the Austin Sports Complex, knocking home two goals and adding an assist as the visiting Willamette University Bearcats blanked the George Fox University Bruins 3-0 to complete a sweep of their two-game season series.
Skelly, who had entered the day tied with Amy Hasson of Whitman College for the most points in the NWC, each with 13 goals and two assists, picked up an assist on the first goal of the game. In a scramble for a loose ball in the middle of the penalty box, she settled under a kick that had been deflected into the air and headed it to Ariel Wilson, who was staked out near the right post. Wilson then angled a shot back to the left side of the net for her second goal of the season 10 minutes into the first half.
With four minutes left in the opening period, Skelly notched her first goal of the day by sending in a shot to the middle of the net from only three yards away following a short cross from Paige Lancourt. Though the shots were even in the first half at six apiece, the Bearcats took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Skelly and Wilson teamed up again for the Bearcats’ second-half score. Wilson, racing in from the right with the ball, sent a pass ahead to Skelly, who was driving into the box, and the Willamette scoring ace shot from the right into the left corner from 15 yards out for her 15th goal of the year at the 51:42 mark.
Willamette, which had defeated George Fox 4-0 in the first meeting on Oct. 2 behind a pair of goals by Skelly, ended up with a 15-12 edge in shots, 10-5 in shots on goal. The Bruins held an advantage in corner kick chances, 4-2. Skelly led the Bearcats with four shot attempts, while Cassady Gardner paced the Bruins with three shots, two on goal.
Gina Barbieri made five saves in posting the Bearcat shutout. Alyssa Montero made seven stops in goal for the Bruins.
With the win, Willamette improved to 10-6-1 overall and 9-3-1 in the conference, climbing into second place in the league standings. George Fox slipped to 2-10-5 overall and 2-8-3 in the NWC.
NEXT: George Fox remains home to entertain the league-leading University of Puget Sound Sunday at 12:00 noon ... Willamette visits Pacific University Sunday, also at noon.