NEWBERG, Ore. – Pacific Lutheran finished their final Oregon road trip of the season Sunday with a 3-0 win over the George Fox Bruins at the Austin Sports Complex.
George Fox (2-15-1 overall, 2-11 NWC) set the tone early with physical play, but Shane Gutierrez would break free and skip a Paul Boscole cross past Elliot Davis to put the Lutes up 1-0 in the eighth minute. That stood as the lone goal in the first half, despite Pacific Lutheran's 11-0 shot advantage at the interval.
The Bruins threatened at the beginning of the first half. Goalkeeper Joe Rayburn kept the Lutes (10-6-2, NWC 9-3-1) ahead in the 49th minute with his only save of the match, a fingertip save on Gabe Louthan.
In the 71st minute the Lutes would finally get the insurance goal they wanted. Kevin Wien headed a corner taken by Gutierrez toward Derek Johnson, who managed to tuck a header of his own inside the post.
A pair of Lutes earned their maiden points in the 83rd minute when Bryan Anderson combined with Brian Lefavour. Lefavour ripped Anderson's cross into the upper netting from 18 yards out to round out the scoring, 3-0. "It felt real good. I got a chance to get in there and make an impact," said Lefavour after the match.
Pacific Lutheran outshot the Bruins 22-2 on the afternoon, with 11 shots on goal. The foul count was similarly unbalanced, with 21 whistles against the home side and only 8 against PLU.
Despite the result, Pacific Lutheran was eliminated from Northwest Conference championship contention after Whitworth defeated Linfield 1-0 in a match that was moved and delayed due to field conditions. The Lutes return to action one final time in the 2012 season Saturday for the second leg of the Tacoma Derby at University of Puget Sound's Baker Stadium. Kickoff is at 2:30 and a live pregame show will begin at 2:15 on www.golutes.com.