Evergreen makes a statement by scoring six goals against Eastern Oregon

Junior transfer Kaylen Kelly taking a corner kick
Junior transfer Kaylen Kelly taking a corner kick

October 24, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Are The Evergreen State College Women's Soccer team ready for their biggest game of the 2003 season, a match-up against the Albertson College Coyotes that will send the winner to the playoff?

A decisive 6-1 victory over the visiting Eastern Oregon Mountaineers today would indicate that they are.

Can The Evergreen State College Women's Soccer team (4-4-2 Cascade Conference, 5-9-2 Overall) beat Albertson without two of their starters? Senior midfielder Brekke Holub (Phoenix, AZ/Horizon HS), the teams assist leader, departed last week for a semester at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. Junior defender Leah Humphries (Anchorage, AK/Chugiak HS), a three year starter and a key player on the right side of Evergreen's defense, is sidelines with a season ending knee injury.

The dominating 6-1 win against Eastern Oregon (1-8-1, 1-14-1) today and a four game winning streak, in which the Geoducks have scored a least four goals in each of their last three contest, would indicate that they are.

For the second straight game, junior transfer Kaylen Kelly (Eagle River, AK/Chugiak HS) got the score rolling for Evergreen. A game and career high seven shots, four on-goal, produced two goals and an assist for Kelly. Her first score came eleven minutes into the contest. She followed with a second goal in the 33rd minute, which put Evergreen ahead 3-0.

Freshman Joanne Stodden (Seattle, WA/Garfield HS) finally got to celebrate her first college goal, when she power a shot past the Eastern Oregon keeper four minutes before half-time. Stodden's goal extended Evergreen lead to 4-0.

Near the end of the game (76:34) freshman midfielder Lisa Leadon (Seattle, WA), also a Garfield High School Alumni, took a crossing pass for Tiffany Fenster (Seattle, WA/Garfield HS) and booted her second goal of the season into the net, giving Evergreen their final score, 6-1.

The remaining two goals were scored by Fenster, the first on a penalty kick in the 25th minute and the second in the 56th minute. This was the second straight game she has score two goal and pushed her season total to eleven goals. In all, she took only three total shots during the game. All three were well placed and two reached the back of the net.

With the four-ranked Concordia Cavaliers shutting out the Albertson Coyotes 4-0 in Portland, Ore., this afternoon, the show down that Evergreen was hoping has materialized.

Tomorrow's contest between the Geoducks and the Coyotes, at Evergreen, will be for a playoff berth. The winner will travel to Salem, Ore, Thursday (Oct. 30) to play Western Baptist in the opening round of the Cascade Conference tournament. For tomorrow's loser, the 2003 soccer season is over.

Saturday's game will be played at Campa de Cuatro (Field 4) and will start at 2:00 p.m.