Oct 13, 2019

Bruins Draw In McMinnville To End First Half Of NWC Slate

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

McMINNVILLE ---  The George Fox Bruins and the Linfield Wildcats battled to the final whistle, but neither team scored, ending the match with a 0-0 tie in double overtime.

Recap:

George Fox came out with offensive pressure early and gave themselves multiple chances to score before the 15" mark.  Two shots by Madison Birch and four more by Maggee Hodgdon were all saved by goalkeeper Madi Reimer. George Fox continued to apply pressure and wouldn't let Linfield settle in until a breakaway for the Wildcats earned them a corner kick in the 34", but the opportunity wasn't successful. 

The Bruins came out in the second half looking to continue to offensive barrage, but Linfield held up and gave themselves multiple chances to score between the 55" and 65".  Even though Linfield attempted five shots on goal during that stretch, Brooke Jones saved them all, keeping the score at 0-0. 

The match progressed with both teams trying to create space to play, but the defenses stepped up and another shot wasn't recorded until the 84", when Jones made another two saves to force the game into overtime.

With the golden goal rule in place for overtime, both teams were hungry to strike first, leading to a barrage of shot attempts on both sides of the ball.  The Bruins attempted three shots and the Wildcats five in a ten minute span, but both goalkeepers made plays on the ball, forcing another overtime period.

Looking to finish it right at the start of the second period, Linfield made a final push to score, but two more saves from Jones gave George Fox another chance.  Hodgdon and Birch both got shot attempts in the waning minutes, but none found the back of the net.  

Top Performers:

Birch and Hodgdon pounded the net again, leading the offensive charge for the Bruins in back-to-back games.  Goalkeeper Brooke Jones finished the game with nine saves and did not let a single shot pass over the line.  

What It Means:

George Fox is now 2-5-1 in conference play and are 4-5-2 on the season.

What Happens Next:

The Bruins are on the road again, traveling to Portland, Ore. for a conference rematch against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Saturday, October 19th.  The match kicks off at 12:00.