September 3, 2001
Big shutout win over Iowans, CWU and Cascade up next
Coming Up: at Central Washington, Sept. 5, 3 p.m.; at Cascade, Sept. 8, 3 p.m.
Tough opening opponents give Geoducks edge: Having to face two of the top teams in the Pacific Northwest to open the season may have given Evergreen an edge going into Sunday's home opener against Morningside College. Although No. 14 Seattle University (3-0) and No. 4 Simon Fraser (5-0) each shutout the Clams, the team realized that they could play with the best. The result was a 6-0 shutout of the NCAA Division II Mustangs, to the delight of the coaching staff. "Although we didn't win our first two games, we got confidence playing against the high caliber opponents," said Evergreen assistant coach Luise Frank. "Hopefully this is something we can build off of."
Shots plus goals equal win: Talk about domination of a game - 33 shots, 15 on goal, six in the net; with the opponent taking just two hacks at goal. The Geoducks jumped out to a 2-0 halftime advantage and poured it on after the break, recording their first home shutout in over three years. Senior Janica Blasko (Anchorage, Alaska / So. Colorado) opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a 35-yard blast through Mustang keeper Fabiana Arroba off a direct kick. Bethany Roth (Amherst, Mass. / Amherst Regional HS) added to the advantage with a flick off a nice pass from Rachel Kempf (South Bend, Ind. / St. Joseph HS) in the 29th minute.
Roth, Fenster times two: Both the junior Roth along with true freshman Tiffany Fenster (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt HS) each scored two goals for Evergreen. The tally for Roth was her first since 1999, while the former Roosevelt High star recorded her first two collegiate goals. "Tiffany was motivated at halftime to step up and score," Frank said.
Moloney solid in goal: Morningside, from Sioux City, Iowa, had only two scoring chances against Geoducks keeper Nora Moloney (Bainbridge Is., Wash. / Western Oregon). Bremerton native Janel Gillies had a one-on-one attempt in the 76th minute, but the senior made the save. It was Moloney's third career shutout and the Geoducks first at home since a 2-0 blanking of Western Baptist in 1998. "Nora responded well to the one-on-one attempt," said Frank. "With not much action during the game, it is great to see how she reacted on a moments notice."
Most Goals since: The six Evergreen goals was the most scored by a team since a 6-0 victory over Mills College in 1997. The most goals ever scored by a Geoduck women's soccer team was 16 against Western Baptist in 1993.
Tough luck against Seattle: Facing the 14th-ranked Redhawks on their home field, Evergreen trailed just 1-0 at halftime, but gave up two early second stanza goals to finish the scoring. Moloney recorded 15 saves for the Clams, but Seattle had a 27-1 shot advantage.
Clan make it 14-for-14: Jumping out to a 3-0 halftime lead, Simon Fraser ran away from Evergreen, defeating the Geoducks for the 14th time in 14 meetings, 5-0.The Geoducks did hold the defending NAIA Champions to 17 shots and had seven of their own, but could not find the net. Fenster had a good look from the 18-yard mark late in the game, but it just cleared the crossbar.
Transfers paying off: Watching the Geoducks this season, one can't help but notice experience on the field, especially in the midfield. Junior transfers Brekke Holub (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Saint Gregory's) and Jennifer Fahrney (Las Vegas, Nev. / UNLV) each have played in big games in the past, and are bringing that level of competition to Evergreen. Holub was solid in patrolling the defense in the first three games, and Fahrney showed no sign of nagging preseason injuries against Morningside, where she scored on a penalty kick and assisted on another goal.
Off to the Rodeo: This past weekend, the Ellensburg Rodeo was held in the Kittitas Valley, bringing thousands of spectators to the door of Central Washington University. With the crowds all but gone, the Geoducks head over the mountains on Wednesday to face the NCAA Division II Wildcats (1-4). Head coach Michael Farrand (2nd year) saw his squad drop a pair of tough decisions in a row, a 2-1 loss at San Francisco State, and a 2-0 loss at Idaho State. The 'Cats are led by sophomore forward Kim Glusick (13 shots, 1 goal) and freshman Whitney Caron (nine shots). CWU broke a 2-2 second half tie last season to defeat the Geoducks, 5-2, their sixth consecutive victory over Evergreen. The Geoducks last beat Central in 1996 by a 3-2 margin.
Conference opener in Portland: An aura of questions surround Saturday's Cascade Conference opener against Cascade College. Last season, the Thunderbirds (1-0) could not field enough players and decided to cancel all games. In 2001, new head coach Rochelle Hearns hopes to make a splash on the loop. Cascade opened play with a 2-0 victory over Simpson of California, with Nicole Young and Mindy Stanek scoring goals. The T-Birds have won three of the previous five meetings between the schools, including a 3-0 victory in 1999.
Fore 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.