Jennifer Fahrney ignites Geoduck offense in keep conference game

October 5, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - With the first round of the Cascade Conference women's soccer action in the record books Evergreen State College has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with.

With a decisive 4-1 victory over visiting Albertson College (5-4 CCC, 7-6 Overall) Evergreen (6-3, 6-6 Overall) took sole possession of third place, half way through conference play.

Senior Jennifer Fahrney (Las Vegas, NV/Chaparrel HS) was the offensive story for the Geoducks through the first sixty-three minutes of play. She broke the 0-0 tie in the tenth minute of play.

If not for great defensive play by senior Bethany Roth (Amherst, MA/Regional HS) the score could have easily been tied 1-1 at half time.

Late in the first-half Evergreen goalkeeper Sara Hart (Federal Way, WA/Jefferson HS) got beat and the ball lay unattended inches from the goal line. Roth, in a foot race with an Albertson forward, made it to potentially score tying ball micro seconds before the Albertson's player and push it over the end line away from the goal. The ensuing corner kick by the Coyotes failed to produce a score.

Fahrney'ssecond goal, also unassisted, giving Evergreen a 2-0 lead, came eighteen minutes into the second half.

"It has been an enjoyable week for us," Fahrney stated. "This is our four win in a row by a big margin."

Evergreen's emergence into the limelight began two weeks ago on the road. In the ensuing eight-day period the Geoducks have scored 21 goals and allowed only 4. "Moving Jennifer from midfield to forward has helped us in our scoring," remarked Evergreen head coach Arlene McMahon, in her 6th season. "We are beginning to finish like we can and keep other teams away from our net."

Albertson forward Becky Robertson denied the Geoducks the shutout in the 71st minute.

Seconds earlier teammate Alyssa Latham, who took nine of Albertson's fourteen shots, had her shot rejected by Hart. But the shot was of such force that Hart was not able to smoother the ball and Robertson pounded the loose ball into the back of the net to put the Coyotes back into the game, 2-1.

In the final fifteen minutes of play the show belonged to the Evergreen scoring tandem of AJ Fairburn (Tacoma, WA/Stadium HS) and Tiffany Fenster(Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS).

Fairburn extended the Geoduck lead to 3-1 on a penalty kick in the 80th minute when Fenster was tripped in the box on a cutback dribble.

Fenster also reaped the benefits of a rebound save, when Albertson goalkeeper Danielle Dorsch could not contain a Crystal Vanderhoof (Tenino, Wa/Tenino HS) shot in the 94th minute.

To round out the weekend, Fenster got her second goal of the game, sixth of the weekend, tenth in the last four games, with four minutes remaining in the game.

Game three of Evergreen's final five game home stand will be next Friday against #1 Concordia, undefeated in conference play to date. In the September 30 release, Concordia was rank #2 in NAIA Region I, 14th in the nation.

September 11th the Geoducks lost at Concordia 0-2.