Oct 27, 2019

Ashkinos Goal Secures 1-0 Victory Over Linfield

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

MCMINNVILLE --- Solek Ashkinos was the hero of the Bruins' 1-0 victory at Linfield on Sunday afternoon. The freshman's goal broke a three-game scoring drought and gave men's soccer their fifth win of the season.


The Bruins picked up their fourth shutout of the year while dealing Linfield its second clean sheet of the weekend. Defense played a significant role as the Bruins were able to defend the Wildcats' 11 shots, including eight saves by the Bruin keepers.

Cole Bautista and Ohm Harape opened with the first shots of the game, but neither could get a clean look on goal. Linfield quickly retaliated with five unanswered blows, but the Bruin defense held strong and protected Benton until the 21st minute.

Back-and-forth play continued, but the Wildcats maintained possession down in Fox territory. Linfield starting finding seams in the Bruins' backline, but Benton was up to challenge as the hosts consistently brought the ball up the left side and broke through the backline.

Solek Ashkinos produced the game-winner in the 41st minute to take a 1-0 lead into intermission. Ashkinos beat his last defender and capitalized on keeper Nick Van Kleek's decision to come out early. The rookie found an opening and buried his team-high third goal of the year.

Less than two minutes out of the break, Jackson Keller pushed ahead of his defenders and forced Van Kleek to make his first save of the afternoon. Three yellow cards were dealt in the first 15 minutes as urgency rose, with four falling in a span of ten minutes.

The Bruins' best chance to distance themselves from their opponents came when a beautiful header from Keller nicked the bar. GFU was only able to place three shots between the posts, but only one was needed to secure the 1-0 victory. The Wildcats made four attempts in the closing minutes, but all were denied.

Top Performers

Ashkinos' game-winner was his first since the win over Whitman back on October 4. Harape was responsible for four of GFU's eight shots with one going on goal. Keller also placed one of his two shots on frame.

Cole Benton and Sebastian Lopez split time in net for the Blue & Gold, with Benton picking up two saves in the first half and Lopez collecting three in the second. Today marked Lopez's first game back since suffering an early-season injury.

What It Means

Fox improves to 5-10-2 overall with a 2-8-1 record in NWC action.

What Comes Next

The Bruins open a three-game homestand when they host Puget Sound on Friday, Nov. 1. GFU then hosts Pacific Lutheran before facing Pacific (Ore.) on Senior Day the following Saturday.