Nov 03, 2019

Bruins Drop Overtime Heartbreaker to Puget Sound

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 men's soccer team hosted Puget Sound in the first of three home games that conclude the 2019 campaign. Marko Babiak gave the Loggers the 1-0 golden-goal victory in the first overtime period of Friday night's match.


Both teams would battle to take the lead through the first half while freshman keeper Sebastian Lopez made his first appearance at home since early September.

Though unable to score, Puget Sound was the first to create an opportunity five minutes into the match. The Bruins followed suit just minutes later when Lopez placed a gorgeous, 70-yard goal kick right ahead of Keller, but keeper Ethan Stern-Ellis got just enough of the sophomore's attempt to redirect it.

The half wound down with back-and-forth play as both teams took shots at each other's goal. UPS controlled possession through most of the first half with Fox breaking out and attacking in waves. The Loggers came out with a sense of urgency, carrying a 12-4 shooting advantage into the break. Jackson Keller's speed challenged his defenders on multiple occasions but had limited backup to capitalize on his advances.

The second half opened in déjà vu as UPS earned the first scoring opportunity on a free kick. Their attempt fell wide left, and both teams would bring the ball up just to have it denied in the following minutes.

The Bruins' best chance of the game came from Solek Ashkinos with less than ten to go in regulation. The freshman broke off down the field, created a clean look on goal, and found the rightmost corner of the net, but Stern-Ellis made the save in diving fashion.

Freshman Ohm Harape produced another solid opening for the Bruins on a free kick five minutes later. The long ball forced Stern-Ellis to leave his feet once more, but the veteran keeper kept the Bruins off the board. Neither team would net a game-winner before the clock reached zero.

Marko Babiak scored the deciding goal just over a minute into overtime. Babiak curled up around his defender and sealed the 1-0 victory after beating Lopez's diving attempt.

Despite being heavily outshot, the Bruins pressed the Loggers from start to finish in a match that saw competitive play from both sides. UPS used tight defending to stifle most of the offensive opportunities the Bruins created.

Top Performers

Keller and Harape each placed one of their three shots on goal, while Miguel Andalon tallied two of his own off the bench. Lopez posted 10 saves in goal for the Bruins.

What It Means

GFU falls to 5-10-2 on the season while holding a 2-8-1 record in conference action.

What Comes Next

The Bruins continue their three-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 3 when they host Pacific Lutheran in their penultimate contest of the season. Fox then faces Pacific (Ore.) for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 9.