Nov 02, 2019

Bruins Drop 2-1 OT Decision to Pacific Lutheran

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

Tacoma, Wash. --- Madison Burch gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead, but women's soccer fell to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in overtime by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. 

Recap

George Fox came out of the gate ready to play, keeping the conference-perfect Lutes off balance with early offensive pressure. Shots from Kara Ryker and Maggee Hodgdon set the tone, even though none of them found the net. However, in the 27th minute, teammate Brittany Bravo took a shot that deflected off the crossbar to Madison Burch who punched it in to give the Bruins the early 1-0 lead. The goal seemed to focus the Lutes' play as they tightened up on defense, which led to their first offensive push in the 36th minute. Two shots were taken, but none got past goalkeeper Brooke Jones. The second half was a back and forth battle of possession that quickly led to shots on goal. Solid Fox defense held the Lutes at bay, but a goal from Meghan Gormley in the 86th minute tied the game at 1-1. Amy Hatter and Hodgdon both got shots before regulation time expired, but neither scored. The overtime period opened with Bruin pressure from Katlyn Martinez and Burch, but the offensive power wasn't enough to score. George Fox played great defense, but a brilliant goal from Meghan Michels off a flashy dribble play gave the Lutes the golden goal and the win.

Top Performers

Burch scored her fourth goal of the season, leading the team in scoring for the day and the season. Ryker also played well, tying Hodgdon with the most shots taken. Bravo also played an important role and was credited with an assist. 

What It Means

GFU falls to 2-9-2 in conference play and 4-9-3 on the season. 

What Comes Next

The Bruins play against the Puget Sound Loggers on Sunday, Nov. 3. The match starts at noon.