NEWBERG, Ore. – Theresa Henle and Haley Rosenberg each tallied a goal and an assist as the Puget Sound women's soccer team defeated George Fox 3-1 on Sunday. The win, coupled with losses from Linfield and Whitworth today, put the Loggers (11-4-1, 10-2-1 NWC) back in control in the hunt for an 11th straight NWC title.
Linfield and Whitworth still lead the NWC standings because both have played one more match than the Loggers. The Loggers have three matches remaining to be played in the next week but have the same number of wins as both Whitworth and Linfield. Three wins would give the Loggers the NWC title.
In the first half of the match on Sunday, the Loggers took eight shots while holding the Bruins (2-14-2, 1-13-1 NWC) without a shot. However, Ally Swanson was able to stop all three shots the Loggers put on goal to keep the match scoreless.
The Loggers continued to keep the pressure on and finally broke through in the 57th minute. Theresa Henle scored unassisted to give the Loggers the 1-0 lead. In the 75th minute Henle helped the Loggers gain some insurance as she earned the assist on a goal off the foot of Haley Rosenberg.
Ten minutes later, Rosenberg found Sierra Grunwald in the box and Grunwald knocked it past the keeper for a 3-0 Logger lead.
George Fox managed just three shots in the match, all coming from Esther Harder. Her only shot on goal was put past Kara Merfeld in the 89th minute for the Bruins lone goal of the match. Molly Norton earned the assist on the play.
The Loggers will play three matches next week to wrap up the 2012 regular season. First up is the makeup match with Whitworth from earlier this month. The teams will meet at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. in a key NWC matchup of top teams in the standings.