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GFU round-up: Men's soccer team records back-to-back victories over Cal-Tech and Northwest Christian

After opening the 2017 season with three consecutive losses, the George Fox men's soccer team got the boost it was looking for with a pair of wins last week.

The Bruins (2-3) traveled to Tacoma, Wash., to take on Cal-Tech Sept. 6 and came home with a 1-0 victory. PHOTO COURTESY OF GABE CLARK - George Fox University defender Gabe Ramirez launches a ball from just outside the box during the Bruins' 3-2 home win over Northwest Christian on Sunday. Ramirez scored in the 75th minute to tie the game.

The Beavers outshot George Fox 11-6 in a scoreless first half, but Jorge Huaracha-Canchola fired home the game winner in the 47th minute on an assist from Bryce Towne.

The Bruins controlled play the rest of the way, racking up 16 shots to Cal-Tech's four in the second half, but could not find a second goal.

Austin Burdick made six saves in goal to earn the shutout.

It was a much more thrilling affair when George Fox returned to Newberg to host Northwest Christian Sunday afternoon at the Austin Sports Complex, as the two teams combined to score all five goals in the second half.

Sanad Elghanai opened the scoring in the 57th minute to give the Beacons a 1-0 lead, but it proved to be short lived thanks to Kody Ulrich's equalizer in the 62nd minute.

The play was set up by a long Noah LaMadrid throw in, with Ulrich headed the ball past the keeper to make it 1-1.

The Bruins found themselves trailing again after Josh Cloyd netted Northwest Christian's second goal in the 72nd minute, but Gabe Ramirez answered back just three minutes later as his free kick was deflected in off a Beacons defender at the 74:45 mark.

Moises Manon delivered the win eight minutes later, heading home a cross from Sean Owens with seven minutes left in regulation.

Austin Burdick made four saves for George Fox, which hosted UC-Santa Cruz on Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) and will open Northwest Conference play Saturday at Whitman.

Women's golf

Portland State 300, George Fox 310 — In a rare dual match, the Division-I Vikings got the upper hand Sunday at Langdon Farms Golf Course. Tara Finigan earned medalist honors at 1-under-par 71 to lead Portland State to victory. Kristin Ellich and Iris Kawada placed second and third with rounds of 73 and 73 respectively, but the Vikings featured the fourth and fifth-place finishers to gain the edge over the Bruins. Also scoring for George Fox was Tiana Brown, who fired a nine-over-par 81, and Rachel Drgastin, who placed ninth overall at 82. The Bruins will participate in the California State Intercollegiate tournament Sept. 18-19 in Ventura, Calif., before heading to the Puget Sound Fall Preview Sept. 23-24 at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash.

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