Sep 10, 2016

Bruins And Cavaliers Go The Distance

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

By: Jake Bienenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's soccer team played an electric game in Portland Saturday against Concordia University, with a thrilling 2-2 double overtime result.

The first half was filled with action as each of the teams came out aggressive with multiple shots. Concordia's Abdiel Morfin had a header saved by Bruin goalkeeper Austin Burdick in the 11th minute of the game. The Bruins, however, struck back netting the first goal of the game in the 34th minute of play. Senior midfielder Joel Schierman caught the opposing goalkeeper off his line with a stellar shot from near midfield giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

The Cavaliers came into the second half aggressive as they looked to bounce back from the deficit. After the stout Bruin defense blocked two shots in the 56th and 58th minutes, the opposing team finally managed to put one in the back of the net, as Concordia forward Matt Paine evened the score at 1-1 in the 61st minute. It didn't take long for the resilient Bruins to bounce back as junior forward Daniel Alonzo scored off a beautiful assist from Grant Basquez in the 68th minute. The second half action didn't end there, however, as Concordia forward Matt Paine managed to net his second goal of the game in the 77th minute, again evening the score.

George Fox midfielder Miguel Lopez had the chance to win the game in the 86th minute, but his shot missed wide.

The first period of overtime began with aggression from the Cavaliers' offense, but the improved Bruin defense proved too difficult to score against as the time ran down and the second period of overtime began.

The Bruins' defense showed their might again-and-again throughout the game, this time coming in the form of sophomore goalkeeper Austin Burdick's two critical saves in only three minutes of play.

Neither team was able to score in the final period of overtime and this frenetic game ended in a tie, 2-2.

Top Performers:
Daniel Alonzo led the Bruin offense with two shots on goal and one finding the back of the net. Austin Burdick provided the anchor for the Bruins' defense, tallying six saves with two coming in the second period of overtime.

What's Next:
The Bruins return home on Saturday, September 17, taking on Pacific Lutheran. Kick off is set for 2:30 pm.