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

September 25, 2004

Olympia, WA - It looked like it might be one of those days for the Evergreen State College women's soccer team. Despite outshooting the Mountaineers 28-7, having two balls come off the underside of the crossbar, and a handful of goal scoring chances saved off the line, Evergreen found themselves knotted with eastern Oregon 1-1 at the end of regulation.

"We certainly had our chances during regulation to win the game," said Evergreen's head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "We were doing a lot of things right, but the ball wasn't dropping for us. Their keeper made a couple of huge saves and we had some tough bounces. I am proud of the kids for keeping their composure and continuing to play good soccer."

Evergreen actually had all of the goals in the match as Eastern Oregon got on the board when an errant header from Kimberly Force found its way past Geoduck keeper Carly Stewart.

"We rely on Kimberly a lot to win balls for us in the air. She will get some bad breaks like that. I am proud of her and our team for not dropping their heads when that goal went in," said Gibson-Snyder.

In fact the Geoducks responded quickly as Alisha White got a goal two minutes later when Kaylen Kelley freed her up behind the Mountaineer defense with a long pass out of midfield. It was White's fourth goal of the weekend as she recorded a hat trick against Albertson College on Friday.

While the Evergreen offense threw a barrage of shots at the Eastern Oregon goal, recording 28 on the day, the Geoduck defense limited the Mountaineers to 10 shots and Stewart was called on for six saves.

Still, the Geoducks needed overtime to put the Mountaineers away. It was Force who got eventual game-winner in overtime as she settled a cross from the left side of the field and fired a shot past Mountaineer goalkeeper Sarah Androlewicz seven minutes into overtime.

"We continue to improve every game," said Gibson-Snyder. "We played well for longer stretches today, and we found a way to win a tough game, which is a sign that we are maturing."

With the win the Geoducks move to 2-2 in Cascade Conference play while the Mountaineers drop to 2-3. Next up for Evergreen is Concordia University who entered the week ranked #3 in the nation.