Oct 20, 2019

Willamette Edges Bruins in Overtime, 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

SALEM, Ore. --- The George Fox Bruins lost a heartbreaker on a drizzly Sunday afternoon, falling to the Willamette Bearcats 1-0 in overtime. 

Recap

The pace of play from the starting whistle to the 35th was dictated by Willamette's crisp passes and controlled possessions. George Fox leaned on their backline as the Bearcats dominated the pitch, taking five shots before the Bruins ever got an offensive push of their own, but saves by Brooke Jones kept the score at 0-0. In the 39th and 41st minutes, George Fox finally made their way into Bearcat territory with Megan Harrington and Chloe Brock taking shots on goal, but both were saved by keeper Kristen Barclay. 

The second half looked more promising for Fox as they held longer possession and gave themselves chances with good runs down the sidelines. Kara Ryker, Alisa Pairmore, and Amy Hatter all took shots on goal, but none found the back of the net. Regulation ended with a 0-0 tie, guaranteeing a third straight game that the Bruins would play in extra time. 

In the overtime period, the toll of yesterday's long game and a thin bench loomed largely. Willamette took their opportunity to strike and, even though the Bruin backline kept the Bearcats in check, Shanna Kiel shot it past Jones' outstretched arm to the bottom left side of the goal to give WU the victory. 

Top Performers

Pairmore led with two shots, including one on goal. Jones played well in the box again, saving five goals on the day. Harrington, Brock, Hatter, and Ryker proved to be a nuisance for the Bearcat defense, each posting a shot on goal.

What It Means

George Fox falls to 2-6-2 in conference play and 4-6-3 on the season. 

What Comes Next

The Bruins return home to play against the 2-7-1 Whitworth Pirates on Saturday, October 26th at the Austin Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for noon.