#10 SFU Slips Past Evergreen 2-1
September 11, 2004
Burnaby, Canada - The Evergreen State College women's soccer team traveled to Canada to take on 10th ranked Simon Fraser Saturday. The Clan possessed the ball for much of the first half but found themselves losing to the Geoducks at halftime 1-0 as Evergreen forward Kaylen Kelley sprinted past Simon Fraser's defense in the 21st minute and fired a ball past goalkeeper Michele Gademans. SFU was content to loft crosses into the Evergreen box but came away with nothing to show for it as the Geoduck defense stayed organized cleared the Clan's crosses well.
Evergreen nearly took a two goal lead into half time as midfielder Kimberlt Force stipped a Clan midfielder of the ball and dribbled through Simon Fraser's defense. Force slipped a shot under Gademans who was saved by the post.
The Clan came out strong in the second half and tied the game four minutes into the period as Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart mishandled a ball in her box leaving some easy work for the Clan's Kyla Jones to finish. Simon Fraser maintained the pressure throughout the half eventually putting twelve shots on goal in the game. The pressure paid off eight minutes from full time as the Geoducks were unable to clear a cross. Mallory Hohnson jumped on the loose ball and punched it past Stewart from eight yards.
Evergreen were able to respond with four minutes left in the game as Kelley was again put behind the Clan defense. Racing in on goal Kelley was pulled down from behind by a Clan defender in the penalty area. However, a penalty kick was not awarded as the referee moved the ball back to a spot where she had previously called advantage when Kelley fought through another Clan foul. Evergreen's ensuing free kick was fired over the goal allowing SFU to seal the game.
"Simon Fraser was the better team today," said Evergreen coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "But I am happy with how far we have come this season. The girl's competed well today. They stayed organized and composed and counter-attacked very dangerously. I am proud of them that they were able to put themselves in a position to beat one of the best programs in the country."