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Bruins sports round-up: With football on a bye week, other sports take center stage in Newberg

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - George Fox University goalkeeper Cole Benton, a junior, puts his body on the line to stop a shot in GFU's game against Linfield on Saturday in Newberg. The Bruins lost 2-1 in double overtime after scoring the first goal of the contest.

Hosting its rivals on Saturday, the George Fox University men's soccer team fell 2-1 in double-overtime – unable to get off the losing streak it finds itself on.

The Bruins (3-6-1, 0-4 Northwest Conference) are now losers of four in a row following the Linfield loss and a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Willamette on Sunday.

Their previous losses were 5-0 to Pacific Lutheran and 1-0 to Puget Sound – both on the road on Sept. 21 and 22.

The Linfield game was hotly-contested, but it was the Wildcats that ultimately prevailed late.

Sophomore midfielder Jackson Keller scored the lone goal of the game for the Bruins – a 24th minute strike that put GFU on top 1-0 at half. Linfield's Irvin Figueroa tied it up in the 74th minute, sending a corner into the back of the net.GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Freshman midfielder Tyler Nguyen gets his head on the ball during a hotly-contested rivalry match with Linfield on Saturday. The Bruins managed just 12 shots compared to 22 for the Wildcats.

After nearly two full overtime periods, Linfield's Malachi Stalberg scored the winning goal with seconds to spare to give the road team a clutch victory. They did so by taking 22 shots to GFU's 12.

The next pair of games for GFU are Friday and Sunday against Whitman and Whitworth – both at home with kickoff times of 6 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Women's soccer splits a pair

The Bruin women went 1-1 on the road over the weekend, beating Whitman 3-1 before losing to Whitworth 3-0. GFU is 3-3-1 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.

After trailing 1-0 at the half on Saturday, the Bruins scored three second half goals to pick up a resounding victory.

GFU saw scores from Madison Hurch, Megan Harrington and Brittany Bravo in the game. The shutout loss on Sunday ended the weekend on a sour note.

GFU's next games are Saturday and Sunday in Newberg against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound, with both contests slated to kick off at noon.

Volleyball slips up

After a 3-0 win at Linfield on Sept. 21, the GFU volleyball squad dropped a pair of matches last weekend to Pacific Lutheran and Willamette.

The Pacific Lutheran game was a 3-1 loss at home and the Willamette game was 3-1 as well, but on the road.

GFU's next game is Wednesday night at Lewis & Clark. It will host Puget Sound at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Newberg.

The team is 4-9 on the season so far, 1-3 in the Northwest Conference, with 12 games left on the schedule in the 2019 campaign.

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