Evergreen Upsets Nation's Fourth-Ranked Team
September 29, 2005
Portland, OR - The Evergreen women's soccer team got an early goal from sophomore forward Kate Green and made that goal stand up despite a barrage of shots from the Concordia Cavaliers to upset the nation's fourth-ranked team.
In the 15th minute of the match senior forward Alisha White freed herself from her defender and dribbled across the middle of the Cavalier defense before slipping a ball to freshman midfielder Jenine Adam. Adam put a through ball to Green who was open on the left side of Concordia's goal and Green knocked the ball past freshman goalkeeper Leah Flores for the only goal of the game.
The goal was only the second either team has been able to muster in the last four meetings between the two teams as two games have ended in 0-0 ties and each team has recorded a 1-0 win.
"This is becoming a good rivalry in our conference," said Geoduck head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "We said before the game that nothing was going to come easily for either team. I am proud of our team for getting the early goal. But the difference in the end was that we got the breaks and they had some pretty hard luck."
Statistically, Concordia had the better of the game out-shooting Evergreen 20-3 on the day and serving in 11 dangerous corner kicks. Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart was only credited with three saves, but she got help from her defenders who saved a couple of balls off the line. Concordia also hit the woodwork twice over the 90 minutes.
Trailing by a goal at the break, the second half was all Concordia as the Cavaliers out-shot Evergreen 9-0 and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the pressure, Concordia couldn't find the back of the net.
"They absolutely dominated the air in the second half, and we just couldn't get out of our end. We dropped into a 4-5-1 to deal with their pressure and just tried to stay organized. But we have to figure out a way to deal with their physical strength. They won most of the individual duels most of the time."
The loss is the second of the season for Concordia who moves to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Evergreen improves to 8-0-1 on the season and 5-0-1 in conference.
"It was great to steal a win at their place. But we understand we have a long way to go to really be competitive with a team like Concordia on a week-in, week-out basis. I thought they were a much stronger side than last season and are really still the benchmark for our region."