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Geoduck Women's Soccer Shuts Out #3 Concordia

September 29, 2004

Olympia, WA - Despite outshooting Concordia 6-2 in overtime, the Evergreen women's soccer team had to settle for a 0-0 tie with visiting Concordia University today in a battle of Cascade Conference rivals. Both teams were able to generate quality opportunities on goal, but were unable to capitalize as Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart and Cavaliers goalkeeper Lela Mansfield made several key saves.

"I thought they had the better of the game early," said Evergreen head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "But as the game wore on we solved some of the problems they were creating and started taking the game into their end."

On the day Evergreen was out shot 23-17 but put ten shots on goal to Concordia's five. Concordia standout Lela Mansfield led the Cavs with four shots while counterpart Kaylen Kelley led Evergreen with four.

Early in the game it was the Concordia outside midfield combination of Stephanie Solarek and Haley Jones that were the keys to the game as Concordia looked to attack the flanks. But the Evergreen midfield combination of Elizabeth Leiberknecht and Julia Eagen reined them in over the course of the half leaving the Cavs looking for other options to get forward. Meanwhile the Evergreen forward combination of Kelley and Alisha White turned good service from the Evergreen midfield and defense into scoring chances as their speed wore on Concordia defenders Whitney Lilly and Caitie Davidson and Kerry Lane.

With about fifteen minutes remaining in the game Evergreen turned the heat up on the Cavs. With Kimberly Force controlling play in midfield, the Geoducks were able to send more players forward. Kelley, White, Lisa Leadon and Joanna Stodden all had good looks at goal, but could not come up with the game-winner in regulation.

In overtime Evergreen earned a quick corner kick but could not convert. Then Concordia put Stewart to the test with a 20 yard blast that was headed to the upper corner if not for Stewart's diving save. From there on Evergreen had the better chances forcing a couple of diving saves from Mansfield to preserve the tie.

"It was a well-played college soccer game on both sides," said Gibson-Snyder. "I am satisfied in that we finally put together a complete game. But we're disappointed not to win as I am sure are Concordia. It is one of those results that leaves no one happy."