Oct 07, 2018

Bruins Fall In High-Scoring Overtime Affair

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

WALLA WALLA --- The George Fox women's soccer team took on Whitman on the road on Sunday, losing a tough conference matchup, 4-3.

Recap:

The Bruins came out of the gate swinging, putting pressure on the Blues' defense early on. Pilialoha Ahina put a shot on frame just 16 seconds into the contest. Six minutes later, she scored. Michala Denn created the chance by taking a shot that was deflected away by the keeper, then Ahina followed up and sent the ball into the goal, 1-0.

Ahina was not finished. In the 13th minute, six minutes later, Ahina scored yet another goal off of a header, putting the Bruins up by two.

Whitman responded in the 31st and 36th minutes, scoring a pair of goals to even the score, 2-2.

The teams remained even through the remainder of the first half, entering the break at two apiece. George Fox outshot Whitman in the first period 9-4.

After a back-and-forth beginning of the second half, the Bruins took the lead in the 72nd minute. Denn sent a cross into the box which was finished by Chloe Shumaker, giving George Fox a late lead, 3-2.

Whitman equalized on a penalty kick in the 81st minute to force extra time.

Tied at three apiece, both teams struggled to steal the conference win late, but it was the Blues who managed to score the game-winning goal. Whitman scored on yet another penalty kick in the 92nd minute to take the game at the very end, 4-3.

Top Performers:

Ahina had four shots on frame and two goals to pace the Bruin offense. Shumaker tallied three shots and scored the Bruins' other goal. Denn had herself a game as well, taking three shots while recording an assist.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 1-6-1 in conference play and 3-6-1 overall after Sunday's game.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins have the chance to bounce back on the road on Saturday, taking on Pacific University in a conference matchup set for 12:00pm.