Sep 28, 2019

Bruins Downed by Linfield in Double-OT Heartbreaker

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 --- The George Fox men's soccer team hung tough with conference rival Linfield but ultimately dropped the 2-1 decision after a double-overtime battle on a brisk Saturday afternoon.

Recap:

The Wildcats dominated possession and shots taken in the early minutes, putting pressure on Bruin keeper Cole Benton in his season debut. By the 14-minute mark, seven fouls and a yellow card had already been dealt, foreshadowing the high-intensity game to come.

Fox took a one-goal lead in the 24th minute as Jackson Keller netted his second goal of the season. Keller drew a foul in the box after the 'Cats dished out back-to-back shots. His attempt was spoiled but he took advantage of the deflection, burying the rebound with a quick touch.

Solek Ashkinos broke through and found the frame with four minutes remaining in the half, but the Bruins would maintain their 1-0 advantage into the break.

Both teams were hot out of the gate with Fox eager to defend its lead and LC hungry to even the score. High tensions led to frantic play resulting in a second-half riddled with fouls, injuries, and four more cautions.

In the 74th minute, Irvin Figeroa stepped up to take a corner kick from the right side. His shot found the top corner of the net after bouncing off the left post. Play settled and neither team would score again in the final 15 minutes of regulation.

Both keepers would face shots in the impending overtime periods, but the Bruins' final opportunity came on a free kick from Ohm Harape. The freshman bent his shot around a wall of Wildcats but missed the goal by inches on the left side.

Malachi Stalberg provided the Wildcat's game-winner with seconds left, taking a difficult shot from outside the 18 and finding the top right corner of the goal.

Top Performers:

Keller led the offense with five shots in the contest. Harape added three of his own while Ashkinos placed both his shots on goal. Benton racked up seven saves in his 110-minute effort.

What It Means:

Fox falls to 3-5-1 on the season and has yet to find a win behind a 0-3 mark in conference action.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins take a short trip down to Willamette tomorrow afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. kick-off before returning home next weekend.