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Geoducks Drop Game to Regionally Ranked Foe

Septmber 1, 2004

Helena, MT - The Evergreen State College women's soccer team may not come back to Montana anytime soon. Two games at altitude in two days and a grueling 16 hour bus rides made for a rough start to the Geoduck's season. And then there were the opponents. After dropping a game to Rocky Mountain College on Saturday, Evergreen drove late into the night to get to Helena, MT where they met the Carroll College Fighting Saints for a Sunday match. The Saints played in last year's regional playoff and are ranked #? In the region to start this season.

For the first 44 minutes of the game the Geoducks played even with the Saints as both teams moved the ball well and defended physically. But the Saints slipped in a goal just before half time as fdsafdsa slipped a ball to fjkdal behind the defense. Fdjksla carried the ball in on goal and played a nice ball under diving Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart.

"That was a tough goal to take. The timing really hurt us. And it appeared the linesman missed the off-sides call," said Evergreen coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "To that point it had been a really good half for both teams. There were some great competitive battles, some good attacking, great defending. We had about twenty minutes in the half where we were really holding the ball well and combining through midfield. We had a little rhythym to our play that we didn't have yesterday. It was disappointing to have that break go against us."

As the second half began it became evident that the Saints had not played the day before and the Geoducks had as play shifted toward the Geoduck end of the field. The Saints were quicker to loose balls and were able to track down Evergreen's breaks behind Carrolls defense.

At the fdjksalkj minute mark fjdksaj beat the Geoduck defenders to a loose ball twelve yards from goal and punched a shot past Stewart at the near post to give Carroll a 2-0 lead. Evergreen responded with two good chances as Kaylen Kelley was slipped behind the Saints' defense by Alisha White. Kelley turned the corner and cut a ball off the endline to Elizabeth Leiberknecht who crashed the near-post with a well timed run. But Lieberknect was well-marked and her shot was blocked by a Saint defender

Evergreen's best chance to pull level came a few minutes later as White beat a defender 28 yards from goal and put a shot over Saints' goalkeeper Nikki Skaggs. White's shot caromed off the crossbar and far post and came back into the field of play.

"Those are the breaks," said Gibson-Snyder. "That was our second ball off the post in two days. Some game they will start dropping for us, but right now the luck of the game isn't with us. But I am pleased with how our kids dealt with the adversity of this trip. They are showing a lot of fortitude. They competed for 90 minutes in both games, they didn't drop their heads when they didn't get the calls or bounces, and most importantly, the quality of what we are doing is improving each game. We have been saying all along that we want to be performing at our best come conference play. This weekend was definitely a step in that direction."

The final goal of the game came off a corner kick as fdskfjdsa got free at the back post and powered a free header into the net to seal the victory.

"Carroll is a very strong team," said Gibson-Snyder. "They are athletic and smart. Their fitness is good and they compete very well. They deserved the win today and have all the making to be a great team this season. If we do our job of growing every week, perhaps we will get another look at them in the playoffs."

Evergreen will make the long trip back to Olympia and prepare to host the Arno Zoske Tournament in September. The Geoducks open the tournament with a Thursday game against Pacific Lutheran University.