Evergreen Loses to #4 Western Baptist 2-0
September 21, 2004
Olympia, WA - It was a tale of two halves for The Evergreen State College women's soccer team as they played host to conference rival Western Baptist today. The Warriors quickly jumped on top of the Geoducks 2-0 in the first half when Megan Waunch got behind Evergreen's defense and slotted a ball past goalkeeper Carly Stewart in the 10th minute. Western Baptist scored again off a corner kick in the 21st minute when Sarah Whaley tucked a ball between Stewart and the near post.
Western Baptist took 15 shots in the half to Evergreen's nine, but Evergreen nearly tallied three goals of their own as Alisha White came to life for the Geoducks putting a tight angled shot off the outside of the net and, with Warrior keeper out of the goal, lifted a 25 yard shot just over the goal. Evergreen also got a shot behind warrior keeper, Kim Mendenhall, but it was saved off the line by the Western Baptist defense.
But the second half of the game was played mostly in the Western Baptist end. Evergreen recorded 10 shots to the Warriors two, but came up with no goals for their troubles.
"We got some good looks in both halves," said head Evergreen coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "And overall it was an even game. We wasted the first half of play because we didn't recognize where we had advantages on the field and exploit them. Once we talked things over at halftime, the kids did a better job getting the ball into the dangerous areas of the field, but we have to put our chances away."
Evergreen almost relinquished a third goal on the day as the speedy Waunch again snuck behind the Evergreen defense. Running in alone from midfield Waunch was unable to beat Stewart who made a nice diving save on the shot.
Evergreen has now lost seven of it's last eight matches. However, five of those loses are to the top five teams in the region, one to an NCAA division II foe and one to Trinity Western University of Canada who has beaten Simon Fraser, the #12 ranked team in the NAIA.
"It has been a tough schedule, for sure," said Gibson-Snyder. "But we aren't happy with some of those losses. This is a team that is beginning to recognize they have some talent. Playing top teams close is fine….but we're tired of the moral victory. It's time to start winning some games and putting ourselves in a position for a playoff spot."