Geoducks glad that the pre-season is over

Junior midfielder Kaylen Kelly
Junior midfielder Kaylen Kelly

September 12, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Saturday's 5-0 loss to visiting Simon Fraser (3-2) officially ended the 2003 pre-season for The Evergreen State College Women's Soccer team. A pre-season that included the introduction of eight freshmen and four games against quality opponents, two regionally ranked, two nationally ranked, two NCAA Division II schools.

"We played Simon Fraser aggressively," said head women's coach Arlene McMahon. "We got as many opportunities to score as they did."

The Clan did not break the 0-0 deadlock until 10 minutes had elapsed off the clock in the second period. Once the first ball had been put into the back of the net by Simon Fraser's Jennifer Craig the remaining four goals came at a regular pace through the remainder of the 2nd period.

For the first time in her college career, All-Conference forward Tiffany Fenster (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS), Evergreen's leading scorer, had to sit out a game. With Fenster on the sideline, having received an red card in the 2-0 loss to Central Washington on Tuesday, the bulk of the offense fell onto the shoulders of junior Brekke Holub (Phoenix, AR/Horizon HS). As is expected from veteran players, Holub stepped up and took full advantage of her scoring opportunities, putting 3 out of 4 of her shots on goal.

Also making their presence felt today were junior transfers Katie Fraser (Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington HS) and Kaylen Kelly (Eagle River, AK/Chugiak HS). Both outside midfielders, Fraser and Kelly were repeatedly seen speeding down the sideline to take shot at Simon Fraser's goal, three shots total for Kelly, two for Fraser.

The absence of Fenster gave Coach McMahon the opportunity to try new combination up front. Freshman Katie Holgate (Durango, CO/Durango HS), who had distinguished herself in the previous four games, was moved from her normal midfield position and saw considerable time up front. Freshman Taylor Jones (University Place, WA/Curtis HS) started and played a large portion of the second half and freshman Elizabeth Lieberknecht (Austin, TX/Westlake HS) saw her first college action, also on the front line.

"The difference between this years and last years," explained McMahon, "is that we are integrating twice as many freshman (8) into our system compared to four last year."

The lessons and the experience that the team (returners, transfers and freshman) learned through a very tough pre-season will be brought to bear when conference play opens next week.

Wednesday, Sep. 17, Evergreen opens the regular season against Concordia University, defending Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I champions. Through their first four games, the Cavaliers had shutout all of their opponents. The only gray mark on their record is a 0-0 tie to Azusa Pacific, Aug. 29.

The next time you can see women's play at The Evergreen State College is Wednesday, Oct. 1, as they will host northern division rival Concordia.