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Geoduck Women Drop Opener to Rocky, 3-1

August 29, 2004

Billings, MT - The Evergreen State College women's soccer team opened its 2004 season with a 3-1 loss to Rocky Mountain College at Wendy's Field in Billings, Montana. The two teams battled to a 1-1 halftime draw as Rocky opened the scoring in the dsa minute on a twenty yard shot by #7. The Geoducks knotted the score AT ???? when Alisha White picked up a long pass from Lena Iishi 30 yards from goal, beat a defender and slipped a ball past goalkeeper ???

"Despite the final score, it was a good opening game for us," said Evergreen's first-year head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "The kids are picking up the new system very well. We made a couple of mistakes defensively, and they made us pay for them, but overall we were much better on defense today than we were last week. Offensively, we have a lot of talent, but we still need to develop rhythym and cohesion-that takes time."

The second-half opened with Evergreen looking to build on the momentum they created with White's tying goal. It looked like the Geoducks would take the lead in the 47th minute as Kaylen Kelley played White behind the ????'s defense. White dribbled around keeper kjfdlj kflds;'k and put a tight-angled shot off the far post. White then beat a defender to the loose ball and had a back-heel saved off the line. A follow-up shot by Kelley was blocked and the Bears??? Were able to play the ball to safety.

As the game progressed Rocky was able to push the ball into Evergreen's end with the aid of a strong wind. But the Geoducks limited Rocky's chances on goal with good team defending, Center back Lena Iisha was called on to run down a number of long balls played in behind the Geoducks defense, and Evergreen capably cleaned up ??? corner kicks for the BEARS with tight marking and a superb save by second year goalkeeper Carly Stewart.

The Geoducks created a number of good counter attacking opportunities as Jamie Doran and Joanna Stodden played the Geoduck forwards behind Rocky's defense. But the clear chances the forwards got were dealt with by gk ????

"I really thought we were going to get the go-ahead goal," said Gibson-Snyder. "I thought we stayed organized and handled the pressure they put on us in the second half well, and the balls we were playing behind to Alisha and Kaylen were really giving them trouble."

But a long, wind-aided punt after a fjdksal save caught the Geoduck back line flat. ???? ran on to the ball for the Bears and slipped a low shot past Stewart for a 2-1 lead. Pushing for a tying goal, Evergreen replaced a defender with a forward and paid for the risk with Rocky's third goal in the ???? minute.

"Rocky did a nice job today," said Gibson-Snyder. "They really competed well and negated our speed with some good, physical defending. I didn't feel like we gave them a lot of looks at goal, but give them credit, they finished their chances well."

The Geoducks take the late bus to Helena, Montana tonight where they will play Carroll College tomorrow at 3:00 pm MST.