Nov 09, 2019

Bruins Draw with Pacific (Ore.) in Season Finale

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 closed their 2019 campaign with a scoreless, double-overtime draw with visiting Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday afternoon.

Recap

Both teams struggled to keep ahold of the ball early on as 15 minutes passed with just one shot per squad. Ohm Harape started the action with a free kick on goal three minutes into play.

Bruin keeper Sebastian Lopez made his first major save of the game when Grant Garcia drove into the box and nearly put Pacific on the board in the 18th minute. The Boxers continued to strike, resulting in three corners in five minutes, but the Bruin backline refused to be drawn out, smothering all of their opponents' efforts.

The Boxers finished the half holding a 6-4 shooting advantage and 3-0 in corners.

Pacific commanded much of the second half, but the Bruins' stout defense and a lack of support from the midfield prevented them from capitalizing on any offensive drives.

Pacific matched Fox's stellar defensive performance and held the Bruins at no shots through 20 minutes after the break.

One of GFU's best chances came in the 69th minute when Solek Ashkinos redirected a defender's volley in midair, but his rocket of a shot bounced off the left post.

Fox began to lay on the pressure as the clock neared 10-to-go, but fouls kept the ball in Boxer control. The Bruins produced two corners, back-to-back shots from Harape, a dangerous Ashkinos header, and a near goal from Tyson Horn, but the score remained tied 0-0 to close regulation.

A foul just outside the box set Pacific's Grant Rutledge with a clear scoring opportunity, but Lopez's beautiful diving save was too much for the Boxers. Ashkinos breakaway seconds later came up short with 4:27 remaining in overtime. In déjà vu fashion, Harape hit the post with under a minute to go, sending the game into the final overtime period.

The Bruins nearly claimed the victory with 29 seconds left as Cole Bautista headed in Horn's shot deflection, but the goal was denied by a late offsides call. As desperation grew, both teams exchanged shots—Pacific on breakaways and Fox off corners—but neither team would take home a win in the 0-0, double-overtime draw.

Top Performers

Freshmen Harape and Ashkinos concluded their debut season with career-high five shots apiece. Horn tallied three shots while Bautista, Jackson Keller, and Kevin Garcia each added one. Lopez came up clutch with several calculated decisions, posting six saves on the afternoon.

What It Means

With the tie, Fox concludes its 2019 season with an overall record of 5-12-3 while finishing with a 2-10-1 mark in the NWC. The Bruins scored 10 goals on 9.3 shots per game.

What Comes Next

The Bruins break for the offseason before rolling out the 2020 edition of George Fox men's soccer next fall.