White Strikes Again in Geoduck Win

October 9, 2004

Olympia, WA - For the second time in two games the Evergreen women's soccer team scored four goals to down the visiting Southern Oregon University Raiders in conference play. Evergreen got on the board early when Alisha White scored in the 6th minute as she received a perfect pass from midfielder Kimberly Force, beat the left side of the Raider defense and lifted a ball past goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins from 10 yards. It was the first of White's two goals on the day and her fourth in two games.

"We have learned a lot this year about our strengths and how to play together," said Geoduck coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "Early in the season we had a lot of miscues as we struggled to get on the same page as a team. But we are getting to the point where we know what we want to do and are getting pretty effective at executing."

Executing was the difference in an otherwise even game that saw the Geoducks out-shot by the Raiders 19-16. The Geoducks created several good looks at the goal for themselves and made the most of their opportunities while the Raiders had a couple of near misses in the first half. Right after White's goal a tight-angled shot skipped off the crossbar above the head of Geoduck goalkeeper Carly Stewart. Stewart was also forced to make a difficult save on a 25 yard shot to her left that was headed for the side netting.

Evergreen added to its lead in the 26th minute when speedster Kaylen Kelley took a through ball and outran the Raider defense before calmly rolling a shot under Hopkins. It was the fourth goal on the season for Kelley who also created a penalty kick for Evergreen's final goal when she again broke in behind the Southern Oregon defense and was brought down from behind by a Raider defender. Kimberly Force buried the penalty to put the game out of reach.

"That was a huge play for us as Southern Oregon was really taking it to us in the second half," said Gibson-Snyder. "At half time we talked about defending responsibly with the 3-0 lead. I think we were maybe too responsible and forgot to attack as well. They got a goal back and were pressuring for another when Kaylen did her job and created a goal for us."

Evergreen closed the half out at 3-0 when reserve forward Lisa Leadon attacked the Raider net from the right side. Her shot was bobbled by Hopkins and White crashed the goal to knock in the rebound.

Southern Oregon looked to climb back into the match in the second half, forcing most of the play into the Evergreen end. Stewart made several crucial saves to keep the Raiders at bay. But in the 69th minute Southern Oregon got on the board when a tight-angled shot from 10 yards got behind Stewart and Geoduck defender Jamie Doran slid to clear the ball off the goal line. But Doran's save attempt ended up in the goal breathing life back into Southern Oregon.

"You really have to give Southern Oregon credit. They continued to battle and really had us overwhelmed for much of the second half," said Gibson-Snyder. "The game was much closer than the score would indicate."

With the win, Evergreen moves to 4-8-2 on the year and 4-2-1 in Cascade Conference play to hold onto second spot in the North Division. Southern Oregon drops to 4-5-0 in conference play and 4-7-1 overall.

The Geoducks will take to the road for the remainder of the season, traveling to Portland twice next week for games against Warner Pacific and Cascade College.