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Speed Scores Winning Goal in 3-2 Victory Over Warner Pacific

Brianna Speed
Brianna Speed (2nd from left) was all smiles
after scoring the winning goal today

October 18, 2008

Olympia, WA - Brianna Speed scored her 4th goal of the season for the game winner in today's hard fought 3-2 victory over Warner Pacific College. Speed scored two goals in today's game.

Evergreen bumps up to seventh in the Cascade Conference rankings after their double wins this weekend.

It was Speed that scored first 18 minutes in. Speed did some fancy footwork around two Knights defenders and the keeper to tap in the ball from 10 feet out. Speed had 3 shots on goal in the game.

The score remained 1-0 through the first period buzzer with Evergreen taking 9 shots to WPC's 3. Kate Green and Jamie Scholtens had a close attempt each and Warner's Haley Ricker nearly had a goal that was saved by ESC's outstanding keeper Sonya Daisley-Harrison.

Daisley-Harrison is now leading the conference in saves and saves per game.

Two minutes into the second period Evergreen added another goal when Emily Anderson controlled the loose ball inside the Knight's goal box. Anderson fed the ball to Green who found net with a 20 yard shot.

It was Green's 8th goal of the season and the total ties her best season's total set in 2005. No Evergreen player has scored as many goals in a season since '05.

Ashley Oakes showed the Knights determination when she scored for Warner 4 minutes later on an assist from Devan Wellington.

The winning goal happened seventy minutes in when a downfielded ball bounced off a Warner players foot and rolled past the defensive line. Speed raced past defenders, won control of the ball and hit a low shot to the right of Knight's keeper Lacey Golden.

Keeping the game exciting was Riley Murray of the Knights, who scored three minutes later unassisted to make the score 3-2.

The Knights threatened to tie the game on a couple of occasions. In the final 15 minutes they had 8 shots and 5 shots on goal to keep the Geoduck defense busy until the end.

Evergreen improves their record to 3-6 in conference play and 4-10-1 overall. The Knights drop to 1-5-1 in the CCC and 2-9-2 overall.

Northwest Christian University comes to Olympia next Saturday for Evergreen's final regular season home game at 2 PM.

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