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August 26, 2001

Women's Soccer: Geoducks to open season against perennial powers

Coming Up: at Seattle, Aug. 27, 4 p.m.; at Simon Fraser, Aug 31, 2 p.m.; vs. Morningside (Iowa), Sept. 2, 10 a.m.

Tough week looming for the Geoducks: The 2001 women's soccer season opens up on the road for Evergreen, as the Geoducks face possibly the two top NAIA teams in the Northwest. Monday's opener with Seattle University, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA preseason poll, and Friday's dual with Simon Fraser, the defending NAIA National Champion, will be a good gauge for where fifth-year head coach Arlene McMahon has her squad after initial training. "We are looking for the opportunity to play a competitive team and see where we are at the start of this season," she said.

Past Stars return for Alumni Game: It was a who's-who list of players Saturday afternoon for the annual Evergreen alumni game - including 1997 All-American and all-time leading scorer Camille (Morgan) Baumgardt, two-time all-conference selection Amy Sprague, and all-conference goalkeeper Erika Brehm. For the first time since 1997, Evergreen defeated the Alumni, 3-1. "After playing hard for ninety minutes against some of the best players in Evergreen's history, I am very excited to see what happens against Seattle and Simon Fraser," McMahon said.

Redhawks looking for statement in NAIA Swansong: For Seattle University (16-4 in 2000, lost in NAIA Region I Finals to Simon Fraser), this season marks the final year of their transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. Fifth-year head coach Julie Woodward returns seven starters from last seasons Pacific Northwest Conference championship team, and are pleased with their No. 14 preseason national ranking. The Redhawks return leading scorer Nichole Savuageau (11goals-4 assists-26 points), along with senior Heather Harstein (6-2-14). Seattle, however, must replace All-American keeper Carrie Geraghty, who had a 0.83 GAA in 84 career games. The Redhawks own a 12-2 series advantage over Evergreen, including a 10-0 victory to open the 2000 season. The Geoducks last victory was a 5-1 decision in 1995.

North of the Border: Simon Fraser (16-4-1 in 2000, defeated Lindenwood (Mo.) 1-0 in NAIA National Championship game) hopes the charm is still present this season, a year after winning their second NAIA Championship. Head coach Shelley Howieson, in her 14th year at SFU, lost her two of her top three scorers - NAIA Player of the Year Phebe Trotman (19-12-50) and Randee Hermus (11-7-29) - to graduation. The Clan do return forward Jillian Stewart (13-9-45), who scored a goal and an assist in SFU's 7-0 victory over the Clams last year, extending their winning streak to 13 games over Evergreen.

Home Opener Sunday: After a day of rest, the Greeners open up the home portion of their schedule against Morningside College (5-15 in 2000) of Sioux City, Iowa. The NCAA Division II school is in their second-year of intercollegiate play, and head coach Tom Maxon returns all eleven starters from last years team. Two of the players - leading scorer Janel Gillies (21-4-46) and Jenifer Patawaran (4-3-11) - are from Bremerton, Wash. The Mustangs opened up play with a 3-1 record last year, but then dropped 13-of-14 games. It is the first-ever meeting between the schools.

For more information: For all press releases, statistics, and team information about every Geoduck athletic team, head to www.evergreen.edu/crc, the official website for Evergreen athletics.