Sep 07, 2019

Men’s Soccer Snaps La Verne’s Streak, 2-1

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Sophomore Bryce Turnipseed and freshman Solek Ashkinos scored bookend goals to lift the George Fox men's soccer team past La Verne on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins dealt the Leopards' their first loss of the season after a 3-0 start.


Fox set the tone early with a header attempt from Jackson Keller just under three minutes into play. The momentum continued to build as the Bruins rattled off three more shots in the following minutes, putting Leopard keeper Tristan Polakowski to work on two of them. The Bruins displayed a much more organized defense and were capitalizing on cracks found in their opponent's backline.

Turnipseed stepped up in the 14th minute and scored his first collegiate goal. On the goal, Tyson Horn chipped a high pass into the box that set the California native up for a header, putting the Bruins on the board 1-0.

Neither team would find the back of the net for another 52 minutes, leaving plenty of time for chippy play that saw two yellow cards dealt before intermission. The Blue & Gold outshot the Leopards 10-7 in the first after taking six corners to their opponents' three.

La Verne refused to go down without a fight and came out of the break with a newfound intensity. Another Leopard was carded and Oluwafunminiyi Akanw responded with a goal off a deflection to tie the match at 1-1.

Stakes suddenly rose for both squads, and each play seemed to increase the tension. Ashkinos came dangerously close with a goal in the 76th minute, but ULV's Tyler Avila threw himself in front of the empty net to stave off the Bruins.

They say desperate times call for desperate measures, but the Leopards' approach resulted in two more yellow cards and an ejection. With their opponents now playing a man down and only 10 minutes left in regulation, the Bruins had to act.

At minute 85, Ashkinos netted the first goal of his young career at Fox. Jeff Friedman carried the ball up the left line and after a slick pass from Cole Bautista, Ashkinos beat his defender and found the bottom right back of La Verne's net.

The crucial game-winner and five final minutes of play would seal the Bruins' 2-1 win over La Verne.

Top Performers:

Sebastian Lopez made four saves on the day in net. Horn and Bautista assisted the two goals from Turnipseed and Horn to ensure Fox walked away with six points. The Bruins placed six of their fifteen shots on goal as Ohm Harape led the pack with two.

What It Means:

Today's victory puts the Bruins at 2-2 on the season and they move into fourth in the Northwest Conference standings.

What Comes Next:

George Fox hits the road for the first time in the 2019 campaign to face Occidental this Friday, Sept. 13.  Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.