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Setting goals for Fall

September 1, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The Labor Day Weekend trip for the Simon Frazier Women's Soccer trip was rewarding. On the return trip Sunday they brought with them the championship trophy of the inaugural Arno Zoske Soccer Tournament, held at Evergreen State College, having shutout the Geoducks 8-0.

Throughout the game Evergreen head coach Arlene McMahon repeatedly substituted, trying to find a combination that would light a spark. This soccer day it would not happen.

The Clan sewed the seeds of doubt early for Evergreen. With just over a minute gone in the game, sophomore Jennifer Craig sent a well kicked pass, from deep in the right, across the face of the Geoducks goal which junior Leisha Leclair redirected with her forehead, in textbook like fashion, into the far back corner of the net. Seventeen minutes later Simon Frazier repeated the play, this time with junior Lani MacGregor getting the assist and senior Jillian Stewart the goal.

"This years team is starting to show the ability to score quickly," said Shelley Howieson, Simon Fraser head coach for the last fourteen years. "This team is more consistent and understand the game better than a year ago." A steady attack by Simon Frasier slowly drained the Geoducks throughout the contest, resulting in a lopsided 34 to 3 shot ratio. Part of the factor was that NAIA All-American Tiffany Fenster (Seatttle, WA/Roosevelt HS) was not able to break free for Evergreen.

To go with her opening assists, Craig added the final four goals for Simon Fraser, all in the second half.

Leclair got her second score in the 28th minute and sophomore Anna Hilborn scored three minutes into the 2nd half.

Based upon a point system, Trinity Western finished the tournament in second place. Most Valuable Player honors were shared by Trinity Western Emily Bond and Naomi Eguchi (Simon Fraser) a native of Kobe, Japan. Whitworth College, who finished the weekend 1-1, received the tournament Sportsmanship Award.

Conference play begins on Thursday for the Geoducks (0-0 0-2), as they will host Cascade College. Last season Evergreen beat the Thunderbirds twice, 3-0 at home and 3-2 in Portland. Game is set for 4 p.m. on Field 4.