Geoduck Gain National Recognition

September 14, 2005

Olympia, WA - Off to its best start in program history, The Evergreen State College women's soccer team is starting to catch people's attention. The Geoducks climbed to fourth place in the NAIA Region I rankings this week and received votes for a spot in the National Rankings.

Cascade Conference rival Concordia University climbed four spots to the number five slot in the nation with a convincing 4-1 win over Carroll College. The Saints dropped two spots to number 19 with the loss.

Simon Fraser, the only other Region I team in the top 25, dropped from second in the country to eighth with 1-0 losses to Trinity Western University and the University of Victoria. Corban College was receiving votes for the top 25 but suffered a tie and a loss this weekend to fall out of the rankings.

Evergreen finds itself ranked 31st in the nation as the Geoducks garnered four votes toward top 25 status. Evergreen has a 4-0 record so far this season and enter into the thick of conference play this weekend as they host Albertson College and Eastern Oregon University.

"The recognition is nice, but it doesn't really mean anything in terms of us meeting our goals," said second-year head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "Being 4-0 and receiving votes is a nice pat on the back for a lot of hard work in the off-season. But we have a long way until the conference and regional tournament. If we are still winning then, then we have accomplished something. Until then, win or lose, we just need to focus on getting better every week."