Sep 01, 2016

Bruins Start Season Against Tigers

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

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- The George Fox men's soccer team kicked off their 2016 season against Occidental College on Thursday, as the Bruins fell, 6-1.

The Bruins had their hands full from the start, as the Tigers came out swinging in the opening minutes. The Tigers netted the first goal of the game at the 18th minute, and added another 10 minutes later. The Bruins did well to force the Tigers to take shots they weren't comfortable with, but the Tigers weren't afraid to let the ball go. In fact, the Tigers managed to put up 15 shots in the first half, but only four were on frame. The Bruins' defense did well to deflect most of the shots, but the high-powered offense of the Tigers kept the Bruins at bay.

The Bruins went into the half down by two, 2-0.

The Tigers were able to put together three goals after the start of the second, but the Bruins showed life after Sean Owens found the back of the net in the 68th minute.

Top Performers:
Austin Burdick got the start for the Bruins in the net, and recorded six saves in the 90 minutes of play. The defense ended up blocking nine of the Tigers shots throughout the game, while only 12 of the 31 were on target. Miguel Lopez and Owens led the offensive unit, but it was Owens who recorded the Bruins first goal of the season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will continue their trip down in California with La Verne on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.