Womens soccer at Evergrren vs OIT 2004

October 8, 2004

Olympia, WA - Only forty seconds into the match the Evergreen Geoducks found themselves trailing to the Oregon Tech Owls in a conference match important to both teams' playoff hopes.

Oregon Tech played the kickoff deep into Geoduck territory where Evergreen defender Meghan McNealy committed a foul. The Owl's Kali Caleb played the direct kick into the box where several players challenged for a header in front of the Evergreen goal. However, the ball sailed over everyone's heads before skipping off the wet surface and into the Geoduck net.

"That's a rough way to start a game…especially for a goalkeeper," said Evergreen's head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "You expect one of the players in front of you to get a touch, and when they don't, it leaves you completely out of position. I am proud of the girls for battling back."

The Geoducks' luck turned later in the half with the Owls poised to take a two goal lead. Dena Young streaked in behind a flat Evergreen defense and put a shot past keeper Carly Stewart who did well to fill up the shooting lane. Young's shot hit the bottom of the far post and came back into the field where the Geoducks were able to play it to safety.

From then on it was all Evergreen as the Geoducks moved the ball well all over the field. McNealy got forward into the attack from her left back role and created several dangerous chances for the Geoduck forwards Kaylen Kelley and Alisha White. But it wasn't until second half that the Geoduck's work paid dividends.

Evergreen applied the pressure to the Owl defense with several corner kicks and deep throw-ins earned by the speed and hard work of Kaylen Kelley on the right side. The Owls seldom found themselves in possession or in the Geoduck end. Twenty minutes in to the half, the dam broke as Alisha White found herself on the receiving end of a Kimberly Force header. White dribbled around the left side of the Owl defense and beat Owl goalkeeper Nicole Pence to tie the game.

Four and a half minutes later it was White again as Kelley attacked the end line and played a ball across to Lisa Leadon. Leadon's header popped over to White who headed it into the net from 10 yards out.

Next it was White who provided service as in the 75th minute she turned the Owl defense and slotted a ball across the face of the goal to an onrushing Julia Eagen who tucked it past Pence for her first goal of the season.

Midfielder Elizabeth Leiberknecht finished the Geoduck scoring three minutes from time as she settled a Maeve Dempsey cross and coolly beat Pence from 12 yards for her first tally of the year.

Goalkeeper Carly Stewart recorded two saves on the day on six shots from the Owls. Pence had five saves as the Geoducks fired 23 shots. The win moves the Geoducks to 3-8-2 on the year, 3-2-1 in conference play while the Owls drop to 3-4-1 in conference and 8-4-1 overall.

The Owls travel to Portland to take on conference leader Concordia while the Geoducks host Southern Oregon tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.