Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
NEWBERG, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team bounced back on Saturday afternoon, opening its road swing with a 3-0 shutouts victory over Northwest Conference rival George Fox University. A goal in the opening minutes set the tone for a strong, momentum-turning victory.
The Lutes (4-4-2, 2-2-1 NWC) didn't wait to jump out ahead, as Bennett Bugbee scored his first goal of the season in the third minute of the game, thanks to an assist from Joe Sammartino. The Lutes controlled the tempo for the rest of the half, striking gold again as Eddie Na scored in the 40th minute off of a pass from Bugbee.
The Lutes again jumped out on an early opportunity to score, as Joe Sammartino notched his second assist, this time to Eddie Na in the 51st minute. The Lutes continued to pressure the Bruins (4-7, 2-3 NWC) for the remainder of the game. In total, they outshot their hosts 17-9, which led to a 3-0 win.
"The guys showed up today with intent and purpose and did a great job," head coach John Yorke said. "All players who participated today gave a great effort and showed that they are serious about being the best team they can be."
The Lutes hope to continue climbing the NWC standings on Sunday. They'll travel to face Pacific University at noon, where a win could potentially push them into the top three spots in the league standings.
"In order to show growth, we need to prove that we can show the same resolve tomorrow against a good Pacific team," Yorke said.