Sep 07, 2018

Bruins Record Second Straight Shutout

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 --- The George Fox women's soccer team earned a commanding win against UC Santa Cruz on Saturday, besting the Banana Slugs 3-0 in front of the home crowd behind a goal and an assist from Chloe Shumaker.

Recap:

The first half was a heated possession battle as both teams worked to create chances on offense. George Fox had a number of great passes that led to solid looks, but many of these opportunities were well-defended by the Banana Slugs.

Neither side was able to put one in in the first half, but the Bruins outshot the Slugs 2-1 in the first half as well as earning five corners to the Slugs' none.

The Bruins caught fire in the final 45, netting their first goal less than ten minutes into the second half. Shumaker took a free kick from just outside the arc in the 54th minute and sent the ball on a beeline into the top left corner of the goal for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

George Fox struck again just over three minutes later in the 57th minute. Shumaker stole the ball from a Santa Cruz defender and played it ahead to a cutting Savannah Moisan who finished the play effortlessly with a shot to the right post. The offensive explosion put the home team up 2-0 with a little over 30 minutes left in the game.

The Bruins found the back of the net yet again, this time in the 75th minute. Michala Denn sent a cross from the right side to the waiting Megan Harrington who finished far post, 3-0.

The Bruins outshot the Slugs 12-2 on the way to a clinical win at home.

Top Performers:

Shumaker was the top performer in this one, finishing with a goal and an assist. Moisan played extremely well also, contributing three shots and a goal. Harrington rounded out the scoring effort, tallying two shots – both on target – and a goal. In goal for the Bruins, Kelsey Kammerzell got her first win on the season and, along with Annalisa Klein, the keepers earned the combined shutout. "The win was all about team buy-in today, playing to our standards, and having confidence in all the training they put in," Coach Cory Hand said of the victory. "Nobody made it about themselves today, everyone executed for their teammates." 

What It Means:

The Bruins remain unbeaten with a record of 2-0 after Saturday's play. "We bent pretty far in the first half but never broke, and I'm proud of the way we bought in and bounced back in the second half," Hand concluded. "I think this win shows the turnaround of the program, shutting out a team that has been in the national tournament for three straight years and handed us a loss the last time we faced them - it's a good sign of how far this group has come along."

What Comes Next:

The Bruins open conference play with a home matchup against Pacific University on Saturday, September 15 at 12:00pm.