Geoducks score late goal to prevent shutout

October 23, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Looking at the game stats you would think that the NAIA Cascade Conference women's soccer game between the Evergreen State Geoducks and visiting Western Baptist Warriors was an even game.

Evergreen (8-4 CCC, 8-7 Overall) took 18 shots, 11 on-goal, and Western Baptist (12-1 CCC, 13-4 Overall) took 12 shots, 14 on-goal. Evergreen goalkeeper Crystal Vanderhoof (Tenino, WA/Tenino HS) had 8 saves, Western Baptist keeper Chrissy Cacioppo had 10 saves.

The truth is, junior forward KeriAnn Lawson sliced and diced through the Geoduck defense for four goals, all unassisted, and junior mid-fielder Sheena Darling contributed two more to give Western Baptist a 6-1 victory over Evergreen.

"They finished very well," said Evergreen Head Coach Arlene McMahon. "We allowed them to get up on us in the first half."

Cacioppo was denied her sixth shutout of the season when Evergreen mid-fielder Vanessa Charles (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) trapped a Niki Claussen (Shelton, WA/Shelton HS) rebound shot in-front of the net and put it through the goal posts at the 79th minute point to give Evergreen their only score of the game.

"We had spaghetti legs in the first fifteen minutes," said Western Baptist Head Coach Marty Ziesemer, "because we arrived late. But were able to worked through it and make this trip a success." With two weeks remaining in the regular season, this game had significant playoff implications.

The top four teams advance to post season play, with the #1 team hosting the two day tournament, with #1 seed playing #4 and #2 seed playing #3.

Currently Western Baptist rests in 2nd place, Evergreen in 3rd.

Although the final standing are at least three games away from being decided, there is a very big chance that Evergreen and Western Baptist will play each other in the post-season tournament.

Both times this season, first in Salem, Oregon, on Wednesday, Sept 18, 4-1, and today, 6-1, the Warriors have emerged victorious.

Evergreen's three remaining conference games are on the road. Saturday they will be in Portland, Ore, for a 1 p.m. game against Warner Pacific.

Next weekend they will travel to Caldwell, Idaho, to play Albertson on Friday. On Saturday they play Eastern Oregon, in La Grande, Oregon.

The Cascade Conference tournament is scheduled for Nov 8-9.