Evergreen tops Corban College 4-2 to remain undefeated
September 21, 2005
Salem, OR- Stretching their unbeaten streak to seven games, The Evergreen State College women's soccer team downed the Warriors of Corban College 4-2 yesterday in Salem, Oregon.
The win was the first for Evergreen over Corban (formerly Western Baptist) since 1996 and avenges the Geoducks loss to the Warriors in last year's conference tournament.
Senior forward Alisha White struck a goal in the seventh minute of the contest to put Evergreen off to a good start.
"That was the plan for us," said Evergreen head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "They have had some disappointing games this past week, so we wanted to get an early goal and see if we could shake their confidence. But after the goal it was we who quit playing soccer, not them."
Corban responded to the early strike with two first-half goals of their own. Nicole Hickman beat Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart in the 15th minute from close range when the Evergreen defense failed to clear a cross. Then Megan Cruz gave Corban the lead in the 35th minute when Amy Ramos slipped a nice ball across the Evergreen defense to Cruz who one-timed a ball past Stewart.
"Half-time was no fun for us," said Gibson-Snyder. "We were down on each other, frustrated. We played some of the worst soccer we have played all year in that first half. And you have to give Corban credit for that. They competed well and made things hard for us."
But Evergreen came out for the second half re-focused and generated 10 shots and 10 corner kicks in the period while limiting Corban to five shots and one corner.
Alice Fox-Dietz brought the game back to level when she buried a Jenine Adam corner kick with a first-time shot from 12 yards in the 66th minute.
"That was a great reward for Alice. She generated a lot of the corner kicks we got with relentless attacking. It's wasn't how we draw it up, but Alice is a great athlete who just out-competed everyone else on the play."
Kate Green put Evergreen ahead just four minutes later when April MacKay and Jenine Adam caught the Warrior defense sleeping on a free kick in midfield. Adam touched the ball to MacKay who threaded a long ball through the middle of defense to a waiting Kate Green. Green turned her defender and slipped a ball under Corban goalkeeper Karyn Allen from 10 yards.
White bookended the match scoring the final goal in the 77th minute. White was slipped into the middle of the defense by a deft Elizabeth Lieberknecht feed and snapped a right-footed shot past Allen and into the far post.
The win moves Evergreen to 6-0-1 on the year and 3-0-1 in conference play. The Geoducks host Warner Pacific College this Saturday for a 1:00 conference match.