Evergreen advances to next round of Cascade Conference Tournament
October 21, 2006
Olympia, WA - The Women's Soccer Team played their best game of the season on a day when it counted the most. In the first round of the Cascade Conference Tournament Championships Evergreen outplayed visiting Albertson College of Idaho winning 2-1.
Outshooting the Yotes 13 to 4, the Geoducks reversed the scores from the last time they played Albertson. Evergreen was patient with their passing, on top of their defense and kept visiting keeper Amy Rhoades busy (11 saves).
The first goal happened eight minutes into the first period. Jenine Adam controlled the ball with skill from the midfield line, passing defenders until the opponents goal box. Maeve Dempsey put herself in perfect position for Adam's pass and neatly dribbled around the Albertson defender to pop the ball into the left corner of the net from 10 feet out.
Albertson answered fifteen minutes later when Allie Dufault, a strong scorer for the Yotes, managed to sneak by the Evergreen defense to sink a powerful shot from the right side of the penalty box.
Senior Alice Dietz, who has had an excellent week of soccer, gave Evergreen the next goal and the final goal of the game. In the 28th minute, Adam again showed her skill in ball handling and dribbled around several defenders before crossing the ball to Dietz. A quick fake around a single Albertson player was all Dietz needed to face the keeper one on one and send the ball into the net.
The first ten minutes of the second period looked dangerous for Evergreen. Albertson was persistent in keeping the ball on Evergreen's side of the field. Despite this, the Yotes could not find themselves in position to take any serious shots on Evergreen's net.
While the scorers and those that assist on goals frequently get the attention following a game, today's game had excellent performances by various individuals on the team. �Our whole defensive backfield was strong. Freshman Kaleena White was exceptionally strong today, TESC coach Luise Frank said. Coach Frank also praised keeper Carly Stewart for her efforts in holding the defense together.
While a score of 2-1 is not a safe lead in soccer, Evergreen simply outplayed the visiting team the remainder of the game and never gave Albertson the chance to put themselves in scoring position.
Evergreen's senior players were honored at today's game. Carly Stewart, Lisa Leadon and Alice Deitz are playing their final season for Evergreen.
The second round of the Cascade Conference Women's Soccer Tournament will resume Wednesday at 1:00 PM with Evergreen (#4) traveling to La Grande, Oregon to play Eastern Oregon University (#2). Oregon Tech (#6) will play Concordia (#1) in Portland Wednesday. The winners of these two games will advance to the NAIA Region I Tournament.
Evergreen's record improves to 7-11-0.