Oct 19, 2019

Men’s Soccer Stunned by Whitworth

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

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The George Fox men's soccer team traveled to Washington to challenge Whitworth on Saturday, but the Bruins ultimately dropped the 1-0 decision after an early goal from the Pirates.


Whitworth was hot out of the gates with their first attempt coming just 34 seconds into play. The Bruins recovered from the early press and recorded two back-to-back shots a few minutes later.

The hosts, however, scored the match's lone goal in the 15th minute when Eric Shaporda took a sliding shot off a pass into the box.

Horn almost found his second goal of the season in the 28th minute, but keeper Bo Broyles intervened, and WU took a 1-0 lead into the break.

It was déjà vu in the second half with several stoppages and the Pirates commanding the ball. After a threatening corner from Whitworth in the 53rd minute, Cole Bautista came close to leveling the score but caught a defender on both shots.

The Pirates held the reigns for much of the match, but GFU's backline held strong in the final 45 despite being heavily outshot. Rookie keeper Richie Seaman made four of his seven saves with less than 10 to go in regulation.

Diego Gil took the final attempt for the Bruins, but his late shot fell just wide, and Whitworth claimed their 1-0 victory.

Top Performers

Bautista led the offense with three shots while Tyson Horn, Diego Gil, and Liam Rudd each tallied one of their own. Richie Seamen made his first collegiate start this evening, posting a season-high seven saves for the Bruins.

What It Means

Fox falls to 4-8-2 overall and 1-6-1 in conference action after suffering its first loss in two weeks. The Bruins split the season series with Whitworth after earning a 1-0 victory at home earlier this month.

What Comes Next

The Bruins complete their series in Washington when they face Whitman tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.