Division III round-up - The mens soccer team responds to frustrating 2-0 loss to Lawrence with a 4-0 thrashing of Northwest Christian

SPRINGFIELD – Showing signs of life on offense, the men’s soccer team split its first two games of the season, falling 2-0 at home to Lawrence Friday before thumping Northwest Christian 4-0 on the road Monday.

The Bruins (1-1) outshot the Vikings (1-1) 22 to seven Friday, but the visitors were the only ones to finish their scoring opportunities, beginning with a improbable goal just two minutes into the game.

Freshman goalie Ricardo Sotelo came off his line to clear a ball from near the top of the penalty area, but it deflected off a charging Lawrence player toward the middle of the pitch, where Cameron Piper collected the ball and fired it home into an empty net.

George Fox tested Vikings keeper Joe Krivit with nine shots on goal, but never broke through. Lawrence sealed with victory with a goal on Erik Soderlund’s header with six minutes remaining.

The flood gates, however, broke early in Monday’s trip to Springfield, as Luke Dickens blasted home an unassisted goal just 72 seconds into the contest versus the Beacons.

The Bruins carried that lead into halftime, then doubled it eight minutes into the second frame, thanks to Brandon Zebarth, who scored from 10 yards out following a cross into the box by Angelo Fotinopoulos.

Saywer Meek removed all doubt of a GFU win with the first of two goals eight minutes after Zebarth’s strike. Meek was the beneficiary of a cross by Joel Schierman and a flick on by Fotinopouos that set him up just five yards from goal.

The senior forward was in the right place at the right time, seconds into the 82nd minute, for the game’s final tally, punching the ball into the net following a deflected shot in the box.

The Bruins will head to California for a pair of games this weekend, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. contest versus California Lutheran Saturday.


George Fox 3, New Hope Christian 1 – Sophomore outside hitter Erin Campbell slammed home 15 kills en route to a .560 hitting percentage as the Bruins opened their season with a win Friday in Eugene. George Fox won the first two sets 25-9 and 25-10, committing four attack errors and finishing with 25 kills, but could not close the deal with its reserves in the third, falling 25-19. Many of GFU’s starters, including Campbell, returned in the fourth, closing the match out 25-16. Tiffany Burk added seven kills as the Bruins hit .267 as a team. Libero Chelsea Wilson produced 24 digs, with setters Payton Shrum combining to hand out 40 assists.

Corban 3, George Fox 2 – The Warriors edged their hosts in the first contest of a rare home doubleheader for the Bruins Saturday at Miller Gym. After dropping the first set 25-23, surrendering a 21-11 lead to do so, the Bruins surged ahead 2-1 by taking the second and third sets, each by a score of 25-15. It was a tight battle in the fourth and fifth, with Corban coming out on top 26-24 and 15-13 to steal the victory. The deciding set featured six ties and neither team led by more than three points. The Bruins won three straight to knot the game at 13-13, but the Warriors answered with a pair of kills to take the match. GFU’s Karlee Jo Sampson led all hitters with 21 kills and the Bruins also got 14 from Erin Sprowls, 10 from Kylee Adderson and eight apiece from Burk and Brooke Sturdevant.

George Fox 3, Mills College 0 – The Bruins hit a sizzling .311 for the match, totaling 45 kills in the 25-9, 25-20, 25-14 sweep. Campbell had 14 kills and hit .346 to lead George Fox, while Emily Carlson and Amy Massingale added eight winners each and Burk hit .857 with six kills in seven attempts. Meyers contributed 17 assists and Shrum 13, and Wilson made 16 digs and served six aces.

GFU will participate in the Posada Royale Invitation in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Friday and Saturday.

Women’s soccer

Corban 6, George Fox 0 – The host Warriors were too much for the Bruins to handle, resulting in a loss for Cory Hand in his debut as head coach. Emily Boudreau opened the scoring 30 minutes into the first half and Karissa Stark rebounded her own shot 10 minutes later to double Corban’s lead going into halftime. Senior goalie Alyssa Montero made nine first-half saves to keep the Bruins (0-1) close, but the offense mustered just two shots, both on goal. The Warriors (2-0-1) totaled 28, putting 17 of those on goal, and pushed their season-opening shutout streak to 290 minutes.

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