GFU sports round-up — The womens soccer team bests Whittier on the strength of Michelle Youngs long-range strike on Friday

WHITTIER, Calif. — George Fox made the most of its trip to California last week, giving first-year head coach Cory Hand the first two victories of his tenure by besting Hope International 2-1 Sept.4 and blanking Whittier 1-0 Friday.

The Bruins scored the first two goals against the Royals and held on through regulation play.

Hannah Harder, the fourth in a family of sisters who have all played at George Fox, captured a cross from the left by Michelle Young and sent it inside the right post at 17:12 of the first half to get the Bruins on the scoreboard first.

The visitors made it 2-0 at the 30:49 mark when opportunistic Junoet Perkins picked up a loose ball in the middle of a scrum inside the box and shot it inside the left post.

The Royals answered less than four minutes later when Malea Mullikin chipped a shot over George Fox keeper Alyssa Montero following a ball played to the center of the box by Lizzy Rivas.

Young lifted George Fox to its second victory by rifling a long shot from outside the keeper’s box off the left post and into the net Friday at Whittier College.

The Bruins broke through at the 57:25 mark when the Poets tried to clear a ball out of the back. Becca Allen intercepted for the Bruins and made a quick flick to Young near the upper right corner of the box. Young spun and immediately rocketed a shot toward the goal from some 30 feet away, passing keeper Shanna Falch.

It was the first score of the season for Young, who led the team last season with five goals and 12 total points.

Whittier out-shot the Bruins 14-3 overall and 5-2 in shots on goal, and got five corner kick opportunities to two for the Bruins, but the George Fox defense was up to the task of keeping the Poets (0-2) out of the net. Ally Swanson and Alyssa Montero combined for the shutout in goal.

“To get two wins on this trip was pretty impressive,” Hand said.

George Fox (2-1) will attempt to make it three in a row when the Bruins play their first home match at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Austin Sports Complex versus Evergreen State.


Linfield Harrier Classic — The Wildcats swept the event, topping the Bruins 22-36 in the men’s 8K race and 20-35 in the women’s 6K competition. Koday Tarbell was third in 27:56.57 to pace George Fox in the men’s race. Joseph Pia was fifth in 28:15.69, followed by Bryant Quinn in sixth (28:19.09), Michah Tate in 10th (29:00.77) and Nathan Wiggans in 14th, but 12th for team scoring (29:43.09).

Newberg High School graduate Erin Sanders spearheaded the Bruin women, finishing second in 24:39.28, 11 seconds behind Linfield’s Hannah Greider, who won in 24:28.01. Sarah MacKenzie was fifth in 25:26.85, followed by Katie Dyke in eighth (26.18.44), Taylor Suwa in ninth (27:02.04) and Rachel Gibbs in 10th (27.07.83).

Men’s soccer

Cal Lutheran 4, George Fox 0 – Kyle Fleming scored three goals for the Kingsmen, including the first of the game just 22 seconds in. Julian Hernandez closed the scoring in the 75th minute.

La Verne 4, George Fox 0 – The Leopards got unassisted goals from Saul Uribe and Nathan Gonzales in the first half. Ryan Estra set up Lorenso Leyva for the third goal of the game in the 54th minute and Ko Yajima adding the fourth in the 74th minute off a pass from Abraham Peres. The Bruins (1-3) managed just six shots for the game.


George Fox 3, La Verne 0 — Rookie Karlee Jo Sampson hammered home 17 kills to lead the Bruins to the 25-23, 25-21, 26-24 sweep in the opening game of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Erin Campbell added nine kills and Tiffany Burk eight as the Bruins hit .214 for the match.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, George Fox 0 – The Bruins were unable to give head coach Steve Grant a win in the 1,000th game of his career, as the Athenas hit .367 for the match. Sampson and Campbell led George Fox with seven kills apiece.

George Fox 3, Occidental 2 — Tiffany Burk and Erin Campbell combined for 34 kills as the Bruins ended the Tigers’ four-game winning streak, prevailing 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 23-25, 15-9. George Fox hit .275 and .217 to win the first two sets, but the offense deserted the Bruins in the next two as they hit only .052 and .080. The Bruins pulled away in the deciding set as their hitting touch returned, posted a .304 attack percentage.

Redlands 3, George Fox 1 — After dropping the first two sets to the Bulldogs, the Bruins (4-3) rallied from a 23-17 deficit to win the third set, but could not complete the comeback as Redlands rallied from an early 5-1 deficit in the fourth set and went on to win the match 25-21, 25-18, 25-27, 25-19. Sampson led a trio of Bruins with double-digit kills, tallying 16, with Bruk and Erin Sprowls adding 10 apiece.

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