Sep 21, 2019

Pioneers Outlast the Bruins, 1-0

A Winning Tradition

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

By: Jacob Hayes

NEWBERG --- The George Fox Bruins came up short in a very physical match, dropping the conference opener to Lewis & Clark, 1-0. 

Recap:

The match kicked off with both teams vying for possession before Lewis & Clark settled in and maintained strong possession for the half. Even with the ball being in Fox territory, the defense stepped up, only allowing three shots on goal. 

At moments, the Bruins had breakaways behind the Pioneer's backline, but could not find the back of the net on five total shots. As the half progressed, loose ball contests got a bit chippy, eventually climaxing on a free kick for the Pioneers. Courtney Schmidt scored on the attempt to the back left of the net, giving them a 1-0 lead. 

The second half saw George Fox push hard to bring the game to a tie and move to extra time, but Lewis & Clark's defense held strong. Megan Sawyer had five saves, three coming in the second half keeping the Bruins off the board, including blocking shots from in the box by Brittany Bravo and Maggee Hodgdon.

Even with more shots on goal than the Pios, the Bruins could not overcome the free-kick goal earlier in the game.

Top Performers:

Hodgdon led the Bruins with four shot attempts for the match, followed closely behind by Chloe Shumaker with three. Brooke Jones held Lewis & Clark scoreless in the second half with three saves. 

What it means:

The Bruins are now 2-1-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.

What comes next:

The Bruins host the Willamette Bearcats on Sunday, Sept. 22 at home. The match starts at noon.