In a game in which scoring is at a premium, one goal can make a huge difference.
Just ask the George Fox University Bruins, whose 2-12-6 record in women’s soccer last season included a school-record eight overtime games, another record of six ties, and 15 of their 20 games determined by one goal.
Hoping to help turn around those fortunes this year is a freshman from Eatonville, Ashley Richards, and another freshman, Amanda Garoutte, who played previously at Graham-Kapowsin High School.
“Ashley will be a tremendous asset both inside and out, as she is strong with either foot,” said veteran coach Andy Hetherington.
Richards graduated last June from Eatonville High School.
Hetherington, who has directed the Bruins for a decade, said their final record last season “was really deceptive. Other than a couple of matches, we were right in every game we played. I thought we were solid defensively all year. All we needed was a little more offensive help.”
Defense matters, too, which is where Garoutte comes in.
“Amanda is an intelligent player, smart on the ball, with great vision; she sees the whole field and distributes well,” Hetherington said.