Evergreen gives Central Washington its first win of the season

Katie Holgate (#13) stuffing a Rocky Mountain attack.
Katie Holgate (#13) stuffing a
Rocky Mountain attack.

September 09, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - A quick glance at The Evergreen State College Women's Soccer 1-3 record and it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that the Geoducks are off to a slow start. Then take a look at who they played and you are glad that you did not have to play those teams.

The opening game of the season for Evergreen was against NAIA Region I ranked Rocky Mountain. Seattle University and Central Washington are both NCAA Div. II school, with Seattle U currently holding a #21 national ranking.

In order to get us ready for conference play, said head coach Arlene McMahon, in her seventh season at Evergreen, I intentionally scheduled these opponents.
Tuesday's 2-0 loss to visiting Central Washington (1-3) proved to be the Geoducks (1-3) third consecutive defeat this season.

Sixteen shots, seven on-goal, by Central Washington, compared to Evergreen's 15 shots, six on-goal, speaks statistically of an evenly played game.

We definitely got a lot more looks in the second half, McMahon added.

Both of Central's goals came in the first half, as the Wildcats outshot the Geoducks 10-4. During a temporary lull in the game, on the part of both teams, freshman Amanda Malik saw her chance and shot a 25-yard ball directly through a hole in the crowd, putting Central ahead 1-0.

Midfielder Lindsey Conway's goal in the 33rd minute, Central Washington's second, was keepers nightmare. Dribbling down the left side, sophomore Ashley Nelson took a shot that Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart (Federal Way, Wash./Kennedy HS) saved but could not corral. While Stewart was scrambling on the ground to pull in the errant ball, Conway swooped in from mid-box and blasted it into the back of the net, for what would prove an insurance goal for the Wildcats.

In the second 90-minute period Evergreen offensively was more aggressive, outshooting the Wildcats 11-6. All three of the Geoducks shots of goal were rejected by Central Washington keeper Jillyan Boyer, who for her efforts, earned her first shutout of the season.

Although disappointed with the loss, coach McMahon was upbeat about the team performance. We still have not found all the right places for each of the girls but we were are to determine today that a 3-5-2 alignment works well for us.

With the absence of 1st-Team All-Conference midfielder A.J. Fairburn, Evergreen is still searching for its primary playmaker.

Katie Holgate did a very good job for us in the middle today, McMahon explained. She definitely earned herself another look at being are player maker.

Athletic Director Dave Weber had similar sentiments about Holgate's (Durango, CO/Durago H.S.) performance. Katie looked a lot more confident on the field today than she did in her first two games. She played well in both those games but today she is forcing a lot more of the action.

For Evergreen the schedule does not get any easier. Saturday (Sep. 13) they host #9 Simon Fraser in an 11:00 a.m. game. So far this season the Clan remain undefeated, with a 3-0 record.

Conference action for the Geoducks begins Wednesday, Sep 17. Evergreen will travel to Portland, Ore., to play Concordia and return to Oregon the following week to play Western Baptist, a perennial Cascade Conference powerhouse.