Evegreen and SOU Battle to 0-0 Draw
October 8, 2005
Ashland, OR- After surrendering five goals to Concordia University yesterday, the Southern Oregon University Raiders shut down The Evergreen State College offense in today's match to claim a 0-0 tie with the visiting Geoducks.
The two teams combined for 37 shots, but only 14 found the frame and none could beat the game's two goalkeepers Carly Stewart and Melanie Hopkins.
Both teams had good chances to notch goals in the game, but Stewart tipped a Kara Bradach shot off the cross-bar and also parried a looper from Katy Valdez over the goal in overtime to preserved her shutout. Meanwhile, Hopkins had a Lisa Leadon header rebound off the post and stopped a point-blank shot from conference goal-scoring leader Alisha White in the first period to turn away the Geoducks.
Hopkins also faced 11 Evergreen corner kicks in the second period-and was equal to the task as the Geoducks couldn't find the back of the net.
With three minutes remaining in the contest, Evergreen was dealt a set-back as freshman midfielder April MacKay was sent off for a second yellow card in the match. But Evergreen was still able to mount several good attacks in overtime and held the Raiders off the board to get a tie on the road.
The tie keeps Evergreen undefeated for the season, but drops them into second place in conference standings behind Concordia University.
"I thought we defended as well as we have in the past few games," said Evergreen head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "But our offense was a little out of synch. We created enough chances to win the match, but didn't do the little things we needed to do to turn chances into goals."
Evergreen heads out on the road again this week to face Eastern Oregon and Albertson in two important conference matches.
"It has been a good season so far. But we need to come home with two wins to put ourselves in a position to win the conference."