Oct 02, 2016

Hannah Harder Heads Home Game-Winner

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 completed the homecoming weekend against the Pirates of Whitworth in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory, Sunday afternoon.   

The Bruins' offense was clicking early in the first half as they managed to net a beautiful goal in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Stephanie Wilson was able to put one in off of a corner from defender Alyssa Del Castillo as the two freshman connected for the early goal.  

The Bruins controlled the pace of the game in the first 45 with aggressive offensive shots and stout defense. They took the shot advantage in the first half, 5-2.

The Pirates, however, managed to score just before the whistle blew for halftime, evening the game at 1-1 before the teams headed into the locker room.

The Bruins continued to press the Whitworth defense in the second half, again dominating in shots, 10-6. The score remained even despite the effort from the Bruins, and the teams advanced into overtime tied at 1-1.

Bruin forward Savannah Moisan almost won the game in the 92nd minute on a one-on-one with the keeper but a save kept the game alive.

The Bruins won a corner four minutes later and forward Emma Weme kicked a line-drive to the near post. In a stunning display of talent, senior forward Hannah Harder managed to flick the ball with her head from the near post to the back. The ball moved in the air almost in slow motion as Whitworth's keeper had no chance. The ball hit the back of the net and the Bruins' bench erupted, rushing onto the field for the game-winner.  

George Fox out-shot the Pirates, 19-8.  

Top Performers:
Harder led the Bruins with her stellar play on Sunday, as she netted her second goal in as many games. Moisan recorded a team-high four shots, while Kayla Caldeira added three. Morgan Bars played the entire game for the Bruins, grabbing four saves.

What It Means:
With the win, the Bruins improve to 2-5-2 on the season and 2-2-2 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins take the field again next Saturday, Oct. 8 with a game at Pacific Lutheran at 12pm.