Sep 25, 2016

Bruins Draw With Linfield in 2OT

A Winning Tradition

  • 1 NAIA Regional Tournament (1998)
  • 3 NAIA District Tournaments (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 3 All-Americans 
  • 2 Academic All-Americans 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's soccer team took on the rival Linfield Wildcats at home Sunday in a thrilling neck-in-neck game that ended in a double-overtime tie, 1-1.

The Bruins looked to capitalize on the home field advantage early with two shots being saved by the keeper in the first 20 minutes of play.

It was the Wildcats who struck first, however, with a goal coming in the 20th minute, their first shot of the game. The undaunted Bruins continued to press the Linfield defense with five shots hitting the keeper in the first half as they out-paced the opposition in total shots, 7-5.

Despite the offensive onslaught, the Wildcats managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Both teams stepped onto the field for the remaining 45 minutes with gusto. The Bruins continued to try for the equalizer, as the Wildcats looked to put the home team away, but neither side was able to score in the midst of a flurry of shots from the rival teams.

George Fox finally found the goal it had been looking for when Bruin midfielder Cassie Wilson, dribbling outside of the box, put a beautiful ball over the keeper's head in the 80th minute of play, evening the score at 1-1. Both teams couldn't put the other away in the final 10 minutes of regulation, and the final whistle brought extra time.

The teams battled through the first period of overtime, and moved into the second without either side scoring. Bruin forward Savannah Moisan had an opportunity to win the game in the 115th minute, but the opposing keeper managed to deflect the ball and the game ended in a tie, 1-1.

Top Performers:
Junior forward Ashley Behrens led the offensive charge with three shots hitting the keeper, but it was Wilson who managed to score the Bruins' only goal. Bars played all 120 minutes in the net for the Bruins, recording six saves.

What It Means:
The Bruins now stand at 1-5-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the Northwest Conference.

What's Next:
The Bruins will stay at home next weekend when they take on Whitman on Oct. 1 at 12p.m.