Oct 26, 2019

Bruins Impressive Despite Loss to Whitworth

A Winning Tradition

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

NEWBERG --- Women's soccer pushed the Pirates from start to finish, but a breakaway goal was enough to deal the Bruins a 1-0 loss on a breezy Saturday afternoon at Austin Sports complex.


The Bruins brought the offensive pressure right out of the gates and held possession through the majority of the first half. The Pirates created a couple of dangerous situations around their own goal, with Madison Burch nearly picking off two passes to keeper Isabelle Arends.

Between the 28th and 30th minutes, Fox drew three corners but was unable to convert. Whitworth then opened the scoring in the 30th minute.

The Bruins' third corner attempt was cleared up the center to Kendall Sharp and, with a quick touch, set Gabriella Coprivnicar up on a breakaway. Coprivnicar beat the Bruins' last line of defense and came within feet of Jones before her quick bottom-right shot gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Burch put forth the Bruins' best attempt of the half when she raced into the box 36 minutes in, but her shot deflected off Arends' diving save.

The Bruin defense allowed just two shots in the first half while the offense fired off 11. Fox held a 4-0 advantage in corners entering the break.

The Pirates set out to make the most of their 1-0 advantage, carrying the momentum into the second half. After opening with two shots, WU was forced back into their territory with two shots from Kara Ryker.

Each team had chances as the second period brought more balanced play on the pitch. The Pirates increased their shot volume with four attempts coming in six minutes, but the Bruins took back control as time wound down. In déjà vu fashion, three corners went the way of the Bruins, but Arends corralled Burch's two back-to-back attacks.

The Bruins forced Arends' into two saves in the final fifteen minutes of play, but could not find the back of the net. Fox held massive advantages in shooting (21-10) and corners (8-1).

Top Performers

The offensively exciting contest was highlighted by Burch's game-high six shots, with four going on goal. Kara Ryker placed two of her four shots on frame while Maggee Hodgdon and Megan Harrington railed off three apiece. Fox's defense put on another show, allowing just two shots in the first while Jones collected three saves on the day.

What It Means

The loss dropped Fox to 4-7-3 overall and a 3-3-3 mark in conference play.

What Comes Next

The Bruins make a quick turnaround to host Whitman tomorrow, Oct. 27, with kickoff slated for noon.