Oct 06, 2019

Bruins Lose Tough Home Tilt To Puget Sound

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 --- In a highly entertaining match, the George Fox Bruins fell short of the Puget Sound Loggers, losing by a final score of 2-1. 

Recap

The Bruins started the match in control of the game, holding possession for almost all of the first fifteen minutes.  With crisp passes and controlled dribbling, Puget Sound wasn't able to start the game as they wished.  As the half progressed, though, the Loggers made up for a lack of offensive possession by shooting eight times and attempting five corner kicks.

In the 18" minute, the Loggers were given a chance to score when a foul was called on the far right of the field, just outside the box.  Annalisa Klein made the save off of the free kick to keep the score at zero.  Again, in the 30", the Loggers threatened with another free kick from just outside the front of the box, but another save by Klein kept Puget Sound off the board. 

Soon after, George Fox was given two chances in the 14" to score off of free kicks, but both scoring attempts from Madison Burch were unsuccessful. 

In the 38", the Loggers made a push to score before the half ended, trying to make the most of a corner kick opportunity.  Klein made another save, keeping the score 0-0 into the half.

The second half started with aggressive pushes on both sides of the ball with neither team able to push into the opposition's territory.  A scoring attempt for the Loggers in the 55" was stifled by another Klein save, but an unfortunate mistake on a missed drop kick gave Puget Sound the lead at 1-0.

George Fox continued to push the ball, but Puget Sound found their way back into Bruins territory, where another free kick was granted in the 66".  Off the kick, Klein made a diving save, but the ball went right to Gabbie Berg, who scored for the second time, improving the Loggers' lead to 2-0.

The game wasn't over yet though, as George Fox immediately pushed down off the kickoff and was given their own free kick in the 67".  Amy Hatter took the kick from the left side of the field outside of the box and found Claire Wright streaking across the middle for a Bruins goal, making the score 2-1.

The Bruins continued to fight until the horn sounded, but were unable to score again. George Fox displayed a valiant effort throughout the weekend, taking on the top two teams in the conference and giving them a run for their money, but unfortunately came up short in both matches.

Top Performers

Hatter played well on both sides of the ball and had the assist for Wright's goal.  Burch was also exceptional, leading the Bruins in shot attempts for the second game in a row.  Even with the missed drop kick, Klein played well in the box, finishing the day with six saves.

What It Means

George Fox is now 1-5 in conference play and fall to 3-5-1 on the season.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to Forest Grove to take on the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers on Saturday, October 12th.  The match kicks off at 12:00 at Hanson Stadium.