Four goals in second half keep Cavaliers undefeated in conference play

October 11, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - A suggestive remark from the coach, a missed opportunity, these are the elements of a soccer game that often times determine the outcome.

"At half time I told the girls to calm down," said Grant Landy, Concordia Head Coach. "We play much better when we are relaxed and the number of goals we scored in the second half shows that."

Two games were played in the Cascade Conference women's soccer game that featured visiting Concordia Cavaliers (11-0 CCC, 13-2 Overall), undefeated in conference play and rank #14 in the October 8th NAIA poll, against host Evergreen State Geoducks (6-4 CCC, 6-7 Overall), 3rd in the Cascade Conference and ranked 5th in NAIA Region I. A game that Concordia won 5-2.

The momentum in the first half resided with Evergreen, as sophomore Tiffany Fenster (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) scored the opening goal in the 19th minute, when she sidestepped Shelly Butcher, Concordia's charging goalkeeper, at the 20-yard mark following a mid-field run.

That was until the 29th minute, when Fenster was pulled to the ground by Butcher and Evergreen was awarded a penalty kick.

Freshman Crystal Vanderhoof (Tenino, WA/Tenino HS) stepped up to take the penalty kick and tried to finesse the ball into the left side of the goal, unsuccessfully. "The penalty kick was the turning point of the game," stated Evergreen Head Coach Arlene McMahon. "It let our opponent get back into the game."

Noelle Miller, who took six of Concordia's twenty-three shots, tied the score with thirteen minutes remaining in the half and the score remained unchanged until the break.

"We dodged the bullet with the penalty kick," Coach Landy added. "It would have been a different game if we have gone down 2-0."

A goal by Miller, one minute and forty-three seconds in to the second period, started the Cavaliers on a 4-0 run, with Missy Clark, Aimee Wright and Tiffany Holtz putting the game out of reach, 5-1, for Evergreen.

Evergreen forward Niki Claussen (Shelton, WA/Shelton HS) scored the final goal of the game, in the 84th minute, on a arrow straight pass from A.J. Fairburn (Tacoma, WA/Stadium HS).

"I am proud of the girls today for sticky with it," Landy remarked. "We look forward to playing Evergreen again in the playoffs."

Next on the quickly diminishing schedule is Southern Oregon on Friday, Oct 18, at 2:00 p.m. on Field 4.

Including the Oct 18 game, the women's soccer team have only three homes game left in the 2002 season.