Bearcat Defense Shines in 1-0 Win Over George Fox

Bearcat Defense Shines in 1-0 Win Over George Fox

NEWBERG, Ore. — Susan Butler scored the game’s lone goal off a loose ball and the Willamette University defense held George Fox University to only five shots all day, leading the visiting Bearcats to a 1-0 win over the Bruins in a Northwest Conference women’s soccer match Wednesday afternoon at Morse Field.

The teams battled to a 0-0 deadlock through the first half, although the Bearcats out-shot the Bruins in the period 12-4. Willamette finally broke through at the 50:41 mark of the second half when the Bruins let the ball get away from them while trying to clear it on a Bearcat attack near the keeper’s box, and Butler was there to shoot the free ball into the left corner of the net for her third goal of the season.

The Bearcats made that goal stand up by limiting George Fox to only one shot the entire second half, the Bruins finishing with five total shots and four on goal. Willamette keeper Laura Holahan, making her first collegiate start in place of injured regular Kari Woody, netted four saves in the shutout.
Willamette was able to get off a total of 26 shots, only nine were on goal. George Fox keeper Jessica Cardwell collected eight saves.

The Bearcats, winning their 10th straight against the Bruins, are now 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

The Bearcats play at Linfield College Saturday at 12:00 noon in conference action.