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Evergreen Women's Soccer Falls at WWU

October 4, 2004

Bellingham, WA - Taking a break from conference competition, the Evergreen women's soccer team saw a three game unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of NCAA Division II opponent Western Washington.

The Vikings took early control of the match and only some good goalkeeping by Carly Stewart kept the Geoducks close as the two teams went into the half with the Vikings up 1-0 on a near-post cross that Chelsea Gray; put past Stewart.

"We got back into some bad habits today," said Evergreen coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "Some of that was due to the fact that we were up against a team that was better than us. But we just didn't take care of the basics. We left players open on crosses and they made us pay for being lazy."

Evergreen had it's chances on the counter-attack but were unable to put a ball past Viking goalkeeper Tersa Fish who had a lot of help from several fleet-footed defenders.

In the second half it was more of the same as Western Washington pinned the Geoducks in their own half much of the time. Western got its second goal of the game as Evergreen left Rachelle Saletto unmarked on endline service. Saletto pounded the easy shot past Stewart from eight yards.

The Vikings closed out the match with two more goals as Amanda Font and Anna Smits found holes in the Evergreen defense.

"We are heading into some important Conference games, and we need to get re-focused," said Gibson-Snyder. "We picked a great game in which to play poorly. Now we have to get back to playing the way we have been in our last few conference matches."