Sep 24, 2016

Bruins Earn First Win of the Season

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 Bienvenue

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox men's soccer made the short trip to Linfield Saturday to take part in an exhilarating conference match-up that ended with the Bruins' first victory of the season, as they defeated the Wildcats, 2-1.

The Bruins came out looking sharp with three quick shots in only five minutes of play. They wasted no time in finding the back of the net, as Bruin forward Trevor Martin squirmed around the opposing defense and banged one into the left side of the goal, putting the Bruins up 1-0 in the 7th minute.

It didn't take long for the Bruins to add to their lead. In the 20th minute, George Fox midfielder Sean Owens had a picturesque cross to forward Daniel Alonzo, who promptly put the ball past the opposing keeper, bringing the Bruin lead to 2-0. The Wildcats, however, managed to earn a successful penalty kick in the 24th minute, narrowing the lead to 2-1.

The Bruins showed their grit in the second half, managing to deflect or save 11 shots from the Wildcats while also keeping pressure on the defense through the final 45 minutes. The game came down to the last moments, though, as the flailing Wildcats were unable to score with their four shots in the final 10 minutes of play. The Bruins came out of this tight game with a thrilling 2-1 victory.

Top Performers:
Martin led the offense as he chipped in three shots, all on goal, with one finding the back of the net. Alonzo tallied the other goal to complete the effective offensive showcase. Goalkeepers Andrew Phillis and Austin Burdick anchored a stubborn Bruin defense with six saves between them, many coming in the clutch.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins look to capitalize on momentum at home Sunday with a game against the Willamette Bearcats. Start time is set for 2:30p.m. after the women's game.