Sep 16, 2015

Bruins Clip Eagles In 4-0 Victory

A Winning Tradition

  • Two NCCAA National Championships (1988, 1990)
  • Four NCCAA National Tournaments (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • Four NCCAA District/Regional Championships (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • Six NCCAA District/Regional Tournaments (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990)
  • One NAIA National Tournament (1993)
  • One NAIA Regional/Area Championship (1993)
  • Three NAIA Regional/Area Tournaments (1993, 1996, 1998)
  • Two NAIA District Championships (1990, 1993)
  • Five NAIA District Tournaments (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Two Northwest Conference Tournaments (1995, 1996)
  • One Cascade Conference Tournament (1994)
  • Four NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • One NCCAA National Player of the Year (Dan LaVeine, 1990)
  • One NSCAA/Umbro National Goalkeeper of the Year (Jeff Nelson, 1994)
  • One NAIA Area Coach of the Year
  • One NAIA District Coach of the Year
  • 34 All-Americans 
  • 16 Academic All-Americans 
  • 11 players signed to professional contracts

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

By: Ryan Lackey

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Bruins' 4-0 home victory on Wednesday afternoon over the Trinity Lutheran Eagles was not without controversy and was, by nearly any standard, an exceptionally aggressive and physical match.

In just the first minute, George Fox's Daniel Alonzo made a silky run and, with a deft touch, slipped past the keeper towards the open goal. Eagles' defender Drew Cherbert, on Alonzo's shoulder, made contact as Alonzo went to slide the ball into the open net, and both players collapsed. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and, despite the protestations of Trinity Lutheran, gave Cherbert a straight red card. Alonzo's penalty clanged off the post, and the score, even with the spectacle, remained 0-0, but the tone of the game was solidified.

A total of 39 fouls were awarded over the match's duration: 16 on Trinity Lutheran and 23 on the Bruins. Besides Cherbert's red, Trinity Lutheran was issued four yellow cards; the Bruins garnered three.

Down a man, the Eagles found controlling the midfield difficult, and the Bruins capitalized. Parked-bus defending and inspired play from Eagles' keeper David Johnson kept the Bruins out until the 24th minute, when Miguel Lopez dropped a clever ball onto Alonzo's feet, who finally got his goal, firing past Johnson.

Insulated by the goal, the Bruins poured forward: Angelo Florez and Lopez both missed narrowly, and Travor Martin shook the crossbar with a thunderous shot in the 29th minute. Trinity Lutheran did well to weather the storm, but the very busy Alonzo lofted a ball into the box in the 38th minute, which met the head of the leaping Ulysus Torres and subsequently the back of the net.

The Bruins took their 2-0 lead into halftime and added to it soon after play resumed. Jose Becerra bagged his second goal of the season in the 48thminute, assisted by a mindful pass from Freddy Centeno. Down 3-0, Trinity Lutheran refused to quit, but the match assumed a slower, though just as chippy, pace. Halfway through the second period, Arturo Hernandez put away all doubt, coolly finishing a one-on-one with the keeper after Ricky Harate's pass sent him through.

Top Performers:
Alonzo was the man of the day, recording a goal – his first of the year – and an assist, plus earning the early penalty. Becerra's goal gives him two, early into the season. Torres's goal also opened his account. In goal for the Bruins, Ricardo Sotelo had a very quiet 68 minutes in goal; he had no chances to record a save. His substitute, Murray Noble, made one save in his 22 minutes of work.

What Comes Next: 
The victory evens the Bruins' record at 3-3, with a trip to Pacific Lutheran ahead on Saturday.