Ewers Strikes for Goal in Second Half, as Bearcats Down Bruins, 1-0

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

NEWBERG, ORE. -- Willamette University defeated George Fox University, 1-0, in women's soccer on Sunday, Sept. 30, as the Bearcats limited the Bruins to three total shots and no shots on goal. WU freshman Veronica Ewers (MF/F, Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) scored the game's only goal at 59:07.

Ewers achieved her goal on a header into the left corner of the net. Malia Simpson (So., MF, Fairbanks, AK/West Valley HS) earned an assist by providing a crossing pass to Ewers from the right side.

Willamette improved to 4-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the Northwest Conference. George Fox dropped to 1-7-2 overall, 0-6-0 in the NWC.

Bearcat goalkeeper Nicole Price (Jr., Auburn, WA/Thomas Jefferson HS) did not have to make a save while recording her second shutout in as many days. She earned 12 saves in a 0-0 two-overtime tie with Linfield College on Saturday.

Against George Fox, the Bearcats took a total of 14 shots, including eight shots on goal. Andi Rowan (Sr., MF, Boise, ID/Timberline HS) led Willamette with four total shots, while placing three of her shots on goal. Paige Lancourt (Jr., MF, Eagle, ID/Eagle HS) achieved three shots overall, with one shot on goal.

GFU goalie Ally Swanson kept Willamette from extending its lead by recording three of her seven saves after the goal by Ewers. She made saves on shots by Rowan at 63:38,  Sarah Desautels (So., F, Snohomish, WA/Glacier Peak HS) at 72:23 and Rowan again at 80:04.

Michelle Young took a corner kick for GFU at 74:05, but the ensuing shot by Molly Norton went wide of the goal.

The Bearcats earned a 4-2 edge in corner kicks, with two in each half. Willamette's shots also was evenly split with seven shots in each period.

WU will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The Northwest Conference game is slated to begin at 12 p.m. (PDT).

BOX SCORE

Willamette University 1
George Fox University 0

Photo gallery
(By Naomi Stukey, Photographer for Willamette Athletics)

Veronica Ewers of Willamette scored on this header to give the Bearcats the lead in a 1-0 win.

Veronica Ewers of Willamette scored on this header to give the Bearcats the lead in a 1-0 win.

Paige Lancourt (#11), Veronica Ewers (#12) and Ashland Bernard (#9) celebrated after Ewers scored for the Bearcats.

Paige Lancourt (#11), Veronica Ewers (#12) and Ashland Bernard (#9) celebrated after Ewers scored for the Bearcats.