Freshman goalkeeper Carly Stewart named Player of the Week

Stewart making a diving save against Concordia
Stewart making a diving save against Concordia

October 8, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - For a goalkeeper the statistics that matter the most are shutouts and saves. Ironically, the two do not go hand-in-hand.

Shutouts, typically, come when your teammates have the ball in the other end of the field and are shooting at the opponent's goal. Saves, tend to, begin to add up when your teammates are having a hart time keeping the ball out of your end of the field and the opponent is shooting at your goal. Look at a school's soccer records, you will find that the record for 'Most Saves in a Game' usually came with a defeat.

Last week, freshman goalkeeper Carly Stewart (Federal Way, WA/Kennedy HS) accomplished both at the same time. She shutout Concordia University, the #3 women's soccer team in the nation and defending Cascade Conference champions, stopping a career high sixteen shots in the process.

The Evergreen Women's Soccer record for 'Most Saves in a Game" currently stands at 19, set in 2000 in a 7-0 loss to Simon Fraser.

In recognition of performance in goal against a national opponent, Stewart was named the Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I Player of the Week.

Carly Stewart
Carly Stewart

"I could not have done it without my team," Stewart said. "We have a strong defense."

During the double overtime tie, 0-0, Stewart never got a breather. Every period - 1st half, 2nd half, 1st overtime - Concordia took five serious shots-on-goal. Only in the 2nd overtime period was Stewartrequired to save a single shot.

"We knew a head of time that this was going to be a hard fought game," said women's head coach Arlene McMahon. "Neither team could make their opportunities count."

For the freshman, the jump from high school to college soccer has been a very quick trip. In the pre-season the Geoducks played one regionally ranked opponent, Westminster, two NCAA Div. III opponents, Pacific Lutheran and Seattle University, and one nationally ranked team, Simon Fraser. Against Westminster, the first game of the season, Stewart got her first college shutout in a 2-0 win.

"I am finally getting comfortable in goal," Stewart added. "I am more mentally ready now when I step on the field each time."

Asked if she prepared any differently for the Concordia game, Stewart's answer was quick and simple. "It was just a regular game. My goal was to play my best and let no shots get by me."

With two shutouts to her credit just eleven games into her college career, there is every indication that we have not seen the Stewart's best yet.

Three days after the Concordia game, she also held NCAA Division II Western Washington scoreless, in 75 minutes of action on Western's own field.