Nov 09, 2019

Bruins Notch Draw In 2OT Against Pacific (Ore.)

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

NEWBERG --- In an exciting match through double overtime, the George Fox Bruins dominated the ball but could not score against the Pacific University Boxers, ending in a 0-0 tie. 

Recap

Through the first 15 minutes, both teams vied for possession and control of the game.  It was not until the 17" that George Fox won the battle and made their first offensive push.  Amy Hatter took two shots on goal, but both were saved by Pacific goalkeeper Saya Brown.  Kara Ryker and Brittany Bravo also took two shots, but neither scored. 

Soon after the Bruin's attack, Pacific fought back, earning possession and creating an opportunity of their own.  Two corner kicks led to a shot on goal, but Brooke Jones made the save.  Before the end of the half, George Fox regained offensive control, but shots from Chloe Shumaker and Maggee Hodgdon couldn't find the net.

The second half opened with explosive play from the George Fox offense that carried for the entire half.  Everyone got in on the action as Megan Harrington and Madison Birch both had great shots, but more saves from Brown denied the Bruins the lead.

In the 70" and 78", Bravo took corner kicks that were almost put in by Madison Huesers and Savannah Sexton, but neither found the back of the net.  George Fox continued the offensive  barrage to the final whistle with shots from Claire Wright and Alisa Pairmore, but nothing got past Brown.

In the first overtime period, things got a bit chippy after more offensive pressure from the Bruins.  Pacific earned themselves two yellow cards in a span of two minutes, but the free kick opportunities were stopped by more incredible saves.

By the time the second overtime period rolled around, the intensity had risen to a new height, but both teams stepped up to the challenge.  Bravo took another corner kick in the 103", but the Bruins couldn't convert.  In the final minutes, Pacific were able to get a shot off, but it was off frame.

After 110 minutes of brilliant soccer, neither team scored, ending the match with a 0-0 tie. 

Top Performers

Harrington and Hatter played well in the midfield, creating great opportunities for the forwards.  Bravo had multiple beautiful corner kicks including a few shots of her own.  Shumaker and Bravo lead the Bruins with shots on frame with three a piece.  The entire back line (Leanna Harris, Sexton, Heusers, and Daria Brandt) as well as goalkeepers Jones and Annalisa Klein held Pacific to three shots on frame and six shots total.  On the other side of the ball, Pacific goalkeeper Brown ended the day with 14 incredible saves, nullifying any George Fox attacks.

What it Means

George Fox is now 2-10-3 in conference play and 4-10-4 overall.

What Happens Next

The Bruins play their final game of the season on Sunday, November 10 against the Linfield Wildcats.  The senior day match kicks off at 12:00 at the Austin Sports Complex.