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GEORGE FOX 1, PAC LUTHERAN 1: Bruins, Lutes Tie Despite Scoring Chances Aplenty
NEWBERG, Ore. – There were scoring chances aplenty as visiting Pacific Lutheran University and George Fox University combined for 44 shots Friday afternoon here at the Austin Sports Complex, but little to show for all the activity as the Lutes and Bruins ended their Northwest Conference women’s soccer match with a 1-1 double-overtime deadlock.
After a scoreless first half in which each team took seven shots, the Lutes broke the knot quickly in the second half, needing just 51 seconds to score. Mimi Granlund dribbled into the box from the right side and sent a perfect cross to Sarah Gamache, who was dashing toward the left post. Gamache then reversed the ball off the hands of diving Bruin keeper Alyssa Montero and into the right corner for her sixth goal of the season.
PLU nursed that lead for the next 23 minutes until the Bruins got the equalizer at the 78:53 mark. Melanie Gaither secured a loose ball on the right sideline and put a short cross to the feet of Shannon Olson coming down the right lane. Olson one-touched the ball ahead through a pair of PLU defenders for Lela Stockley, who took the ball down to within a few of feet of the baseline near the right post. At that point, she angled a shot that nicked the near post and spun into the net just inside the far post for her second goal of the year.
Montero made two stops thereafter to send the game into overtime, including a terrific diving deflection of a close-in shot by Karli Hurlbut with two minutes left. In the overtimes, George Fox took seven shots and Pacific Lutheran four, with each team just missing a winning goal in the second extra period. Hurlbut sent a shot an inch over the crossbar at 104:48 that would have been uncontested, and Gaither hooked a shot into the bar and back onto the field at the 106:08 mark before the end came with no decision.
George Fox took 25 shots in all, 13 on goal, in the 110 minutes of action, while Pacific Lutheran got off 19 tries, 12 of them on goal. Gaither had seven off the Bruins’ shots, five on goal, while Esther Harder added five shots, two on, and Cori Jo Young had four shots, two on the mark. Hurlbut had five overall shots for PLU, while Gamache took four tries, all on goal.
Both goalkeepers had busy days in preserving the tie. Montero made 11 stops for the Bruins, and Lauren Chambard turned way 12 good shots on behalf of the Lutes
George Fox ended its season with an overall record of 2-12-6 and finished eighth in the NWC at 2-10-4. The Bruins set new school records for ties (6) and overtime games (8), and tied the record for most games decided by one goal or a tie (15).
It was the final game of their careers for five Bruins who were recognized in on-field per-game ceremonies: Becka Doyle, Katelyn Peer, Cori Jo Young, Shannon Olson, and Cassady Gardner.
Pacific Lutheran is now 4-12-1 overall and 3-11-1 in the league. The Lute, who will finish seventh, conclude their season Saturday at 12:00 noon at Linfield College, which was tied for the conference lead with the University of Puget Sound entering Friday’s play.