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George Fox falls 1-0 to Whitman before a late goal by Michelle Young delivers a 1-1 tie versus Whitworth

George Fox closed out what has been a turbulent debut season for head coach Kory Hand with a 1-1 draw versus Whitworth Saturday at the Austin Sports Complex.

It wasn’t until the 76th minute of the match that Jackie Day followed up on a cross to put the Pirates on the board and threaten to hand the Bruins their sixth 1-0 loss of the season.

However, Michelle Young’s third goal of the campaign with   left in regulation spared George Fox ( overall, Northwest Conference) from that fate as the two teams maintained the draw through two overtime periods. The Bruins had simply had enough of heart-breaking defeats, having just suffered one the day before against visiting Whitman.

While Whitworth wound up with a 33-14 advantage in total shots, both teams’ defenses did outstanding jobs of keep the offenses from getting many quality opportunities, as the shots on goal were only nine for each team.

In Friday’s contest, the Missionaries took just more than 21 minutes to find the back of the net, as Jade Anderson scored her fourth after Whitman maneuvered the ball into the box following a first-half corner kick.

Whitman made that single score stand up the rest of the way by essentially playing keep away from GFU. 

Alyssa Montero made eight saves Friday, then added eight more against Whitworth to finish her senior year with a league-leading 160.

As the team’s only senior, the two-time honorable mention All-NWC keeper was honored in pre-game ceremonies. She ended her four years at George Fox third in career saves (455) and save percentage (.823 and seventh in shutouts (4).

Men’s soccer

Pacific 3, George Fox 1 — The Boxes scored three first-half goals despite limited to 10 shots overall and just four on goal in the season finale for both teams. Erik Davies scored for George Fox (1-19, 0-14 NWC).


Pacific Lutheran 3, George Fox 1 — The No. 15 Lutes won 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-11 to clinch first place in the NWC Friday, aided by second-place Puget Sound’s 3-0 loss to Willamette. Erin Campbell led the Bruins with 13 kills, with Karlee Jo Sampson adding 12. Payton Shrum handed out 40 assists.

Willamette 3, George Fox 2 — Libero Chelsea Wilson set a new single-season GFU record for digs, but the surging Bearcats prevailed 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 25-10, 15-10 in the season finale for both teams. Wilson finished with 560 digs in 93 sets for a 6.02 per-set average, breaking the previous George Fox mark of 5.88 by Patti Reeves in 2010.  Her season total stands second in school history, while her career total of 1,483 digs is the fifth-highest total ever for a Bruin. With the win, Willamette (12-13, 8-8) passed George Fox (12-12, 7-9) for fourth place in the conference, dropping the Bruins into a tie for fifth place with Pacific.

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