GFU struggles to get over the hump
George Fox sports round-up The Bruins are sunk by a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Linfield and fall 3-1 to Willamette in Northwest Conference play
A promising start to the weekend ended in disappointment for the George Fox University mens soccer team, as the Bruins surrendered a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Linfield Saturday and were bested 3-1 by Willamette on Sunday.
After surrendering the opening goal to the Wildcats just two minutes into the game, George Fox answered in the 11th minute.
Luke Hammer received the ball just inside the top of the box, turned and fired a bullet toward the net that was blocked but not controlled by Linfield goalie Jorge Rodriguez. The ball rebounded toward the left side of the box, where Tyler Dyck recovered the loose ball and knocked it back into the net as Rodriguez recovered too late to make another stop. It was the first goal of the season for Dyck.
Both teams created good scoring chances in the second half, though Linfield dominated possession and broke through in the 74th minute on Nicholas Autencios strike from the right side of the box, which found the far left corner of the goal.
After the Wildcats took the second-half lead, the Bruins had their best shot at a draw when Hammer split two defenders and sent a liner from about 10 yards out toward the left corner. Rodriguez dove seemingly out of nowhere to get his right hand on it just enough to deflect the shot outside the post. Hammer had a final shot in the last minute but had it blocked, and the Wildcats ran out the clock.
A tap in by Hammer lifted George Fox to a lead early in the second half against Willamette Sunday at the Austin Sports Complex, but the Bearcats responded with three tallies to grab the victory.
An inadvertent hand ball by the Bruins in the box at the 55:51 mark resulted in a penalty kick opportunity for Trevor Jensen, who connected into the left corner of the net past a lunging Luke Ridder to knot the game 1-1.
The Bearcats went ahead at 61:31 when Tyler Yates sent an indirect free kick from outside the upper left corner of the box toward the right side of the box for Will ONeil, who headed it back inside the far left post for his first goal of the year.
The visitors added an insurance goal three minutes from the end when Jensen crossed from the top of the keepers box to the right side for Yazan Hishmeh, who drilled his fourth goal of the season back into the left corner for the final score of the game.
George Fox 2, Willamette 1 Midfielder Michelle Young assisted on the Bruins first goal and scored the second, leading the Bruins to their first Northwest Conference womens soccer victory of the season and the first for new head coach Cory Hand on Saturday at the Austin Sports Complex. Tearsa Krieger scored off a Young corner kick in the 66th minute to open the scoring and Young added an insurance goal in the 82nd on an indirect kick.
Lewis & Clark 3, George Fox 0 – The Bruins were outshot 31-4 for the game and fell behind 2-0 by halftime. George Fox surrendered a third three minutes from the final whistle. Alyssa Montero made 10 saves for the Bruins (3-6-1, 1-4-1 NWC)
George Fox 20, Warner Pacific 38 – Newberg High School graduate Erin Sanders won in 19:36.80, besting the second-place runner by more than 40 seconds for her first collegiate victory Saturday at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview. Also counting for the Bruins were Rachel Gibbs with a 20:17.60 (third), Sarah MacKenzie with a 20:28.20 (fourth), Katie Dyk with a 20:31.70 (fifth), and Kelly Toms with a 21:55.80 (seventh).
George Fox 15, Warner Pacific 50 – The Bruins took each of the top seven positions for team scoring and placed nine runners ahead of Warner Pacifics best. The Bruins had eight of the top 11 runners overall, the other three being unattached, and nine of the top 13 spots, with one Central Oregon Community College runner in the mix. The top runner for GFU was Kody Tarbell, who finished third overall and first for team scoring with a time of 16:23.20. Other Bruins scoring points were Cody Thompson with a 16:32.20 (fourth), Bryant Quinn with a 16:39.60 (fifth), Aaron Molstad with a 16:58.40 (seventh) and Micah Tate with a 17:11.20 (eighth).
George Fox 3, Linfield 1 – Led by 39 combined kills from Karlee Jo Sampson, Erin Sprowls and Tiffany Burk, the Bruins prevailed 25-21, 25-22, 25-27, 25-19. Payton Shrum set up the George Fox offense with 44 assists and had three aces, while Erin Campbell finished with six aces as well. Chelsea Wilson made 26 digs in the win.
Whitworth Invitational – George Fox shot rounds of 345 and 376 to place 11th at 721. Dylan Harris and Nick Karich each shot an 84 for the Bruins best scores Monday. Harris wound up tied for 28th with a 162, while Karich carded a 163 to tie for 31st. Stephen Ossey was 57th with a 193, and Kyle Kirwan took a 203 to finish 58th.