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PACIFIC LUTHERAN 1, GEORGE FOX 0: Lutes Edge Bruins in Matchup of Masters of OT
PARKLAND, Wash. – In a matchup of Northwest Conference women’s soccer teams that had already played a combined total of 10 overtime games this fall, the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes edged the George Fox University Bruins 1-0 Saturday afternoon here at East Field - in the naturally-to-be-expected second overtime period.
PLU entered the match with five overtimes on the season, all in conference play and all resulting in ties. George Fox had five games that had gone into overtime, tying two and losing three.
Most of Saturday’s match was played in the middle of the field, as neither offense could really get going and shots were at a premium. PLU took nine shots total in regulation, with three on goal, while George Fox managed seven shots but only one that had a chance of going in. In the overtimes, the Bruins got four shots, two on goal, and the Lutes had two shots, with one on goal - but that turned out to be enough.
Midway through the second extra period, Brenna Sussman began the Lutes’ winning play when she passed the ball to Laura Larson, who received it with her back to the goal. Spinning on her defender, she hit a left-footed rocket from just outside the penalty area past diving Bruin goalkeeper Alyssa Montero and into the far side netting for her sixth score of the season at the 104:58 mark.
Montero and PLU keeper Marisa Gonzalez each made three saves in the stellar defensive battle, Gonzalez earning her fourth shutout of the season. Larson and Samantha Benner took three shots each for the Lutes, while Michelle Young led the Bruins with four shots attempted. PLU held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.
NEXT: George Fox (1-8-2, NWC 0-7) closes the first half of the conference season Sunday at Lewis & Clark College with a 12:00 noon contest in Portland, Ore. ... Pacific Lutheran (3-1-5, NWC 1-1-5) visits Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Sunday, also at 12 noon.