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Women's Soccer Defeats Albertson 4-2 as White Records Hat Trick

September 24, 2004

Olympia, WA - After playing the top five teams in Region I, Evergreen's schedule let up a bit as they hosted Albertson College of Idaho. The Geoducks recorded the season's first win as they defeated the 'Yotes 4-2.

"It's nice to get a win, finally, after playing so many good teams close," said Evergreen head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "We were getting tired of the moral victory."

Until today Evergreen had only a tie against Pacific Lutheran University to show for their season's efforts. But the Geoducks losses have been to some of the best teams in the region and the country. Evergreen lost to the #10 team in the nation Simon Fraser 2-1 and to #3 ranked Concordia 1-0. They have also dropped games to Carroll College, Western Baptist and Rocky Mountain who are the number three, four and five rated teams in the region.

"It's a tough schedule to start with for anyone, but especially for a team with a new coach and a lot of new faces," said Gibson-Snyder. "Even today I don't think we are yet playing as well as we can play."

The Geoducks racked up 32 shots on the day and recorded three goals on a matter of six minutes as Alisha White and Megan McNealy used bursts of speed to get behind the 'Yote defense.

But Albertson answered back after the Geoducks' goal scoring off a corner kick as Katie Ball freed herself from her mark and hammered a goal past keeper Carly Stewart. The 'Yotes got another goal before the half to pull to 3-2 when Leah Roach got behind the Evergreen defense and tucked a nice ball past Stewart.

"We really left the door open for them and they nearly made the most of it," said Gibson-Snyder. "They deserve a lot of credit for competing as hard and as well as they did. Lesser teams would have rolled over at three goals down."

Evergreen got an insurance goal in the second half as White again was quickest to the ball. Evergreen forward Lisa Leadon put a shot at Albertson keeper Candace Frank who was unable to hold it. The rebound dropped about six yards from goal and White found the back of the net for the third time of the game.

"It is another game of two steps forward and one step back," said Gibson-Snyder. "Our forward running was terrific at times and we move the ball pretty well. Kimberly Force did some great things for us with the ball and made the people around her better. Meghan McNealy was a real handful getting forward and she got a great goal. But we lost our focus defensively and it cost us. If we can put a whole game together we are a pretty good team. Or I think we will be… I am still waiting for that to happen."