Oct 19, 2019

Bruins, Pioneers Battle to 0-0 Double-Overtime Draw

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

PORTLAND --- In a match highlighting brilliant defensive play, the George Fox Bruins and the Lewis & Clark Pioneers ended in a stalemate with a final score of 0-0 through double overtime.

Recap

George Fox came out the start with quick offense, earning an early corner kick opportunity in the 4th, but solid defense from the Pios cleared the ball and gave them momentum into Bruin territory. A shot in the 7th from Jezza Hutto was saved by keeper Brooke Jones, preventing an early lead for Lewis & Clark.

The rest of the half bounced back and forth between Fox and Lewis & Clark territory, but neither could find the back of the net. Two shots from Julia Markmann missed their mark before Fox's Leanna Harris took two of her own, but both found keeper Abby Prager. Another offensive spurt gave Madison Burch a shot on net, but the Bruins were kept off the board.

Both teams traded possession again until the 75th when a Lewis and Clark foul gave Fox the possession. The free kick was blocked by Courtney Schmidt, but her position relative to the kick was too close. Her yellow card spurred discourse between Lewis & Clark coaches and the referees, and sparked new energy into the athletes.

The Pios held offensive control for the remainder of the half, earning three scoring opportunities, but stellar play from Fox's backline kept them at bay. Both extra periods were full of attempted through-balls and large offensive drives, but both defenses held incredibly strong.

Burch attempted two more shots on goal, but neither got past the keeper. In the 104th minute, Lewis & Clark took a corner kick from the left side that ended up in the back of the net of a header, but the score was called back because of a pushing foul in the box against the Pios.

Jones saved four goals in total during the overtime periods, keeping the Bruin's hopes alive. Even though the whistle blew with no goals scored, both teams played with high intensity and determination, making for an exhilarating match.

Top Performers

Burch continued to put shots on goal, leading the offensive charge for the Bruins. Jones finished the game with nine saves for the second game in a row, posting another shutout. Stellar defensive plays from the backline stifled the Pioneer's offensive pushes and gave the Bruins more chances to score.

What It Means

George Fox is now 2-5-2 in conference play and 4-5-3 on the season.

What Comes Next

The Bruins finish the weekend in Salem, OR for a conference rematch against the Willamette Bearcats on Sunday, October 20th. The match kicks off at noon.