Geoducks Settle for Tie with Great Falls

September 30, 2005

Olympia, WA - Coming off an upset of the nation's fourth-ranked team, The Evergreen State College women's soccer team could only tally one goal on 24 shots to tie Great Falls University 1-1.

The Lady Argos' Taylor Yuzwa beat Evergreen goalkeeper Carly Stewart on a free kick in the second minute of the game to take the early lead as Evergreen struggled through a rugged first fifteen minutes of play.

The rest of the game was all Evergreen, but the Geoducks could muster only one goal with its top two goal-scorers Alisha White and Kate Green watching from the sidelines.

"We had a few kids who didn't come ready to play this game and it cost us a win," said Evergreen head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. "We talked about being focused and preparing well after the win over Concordia. But I don't think we did that."

Evergreen was led in shots by defender Kaylen Kelley who fired ten times in the game. Kelley filled in on the front line for Alisha White and scored the Geoducks' lone goal off an Alice Fox-Dietz feed.

Evergreen attacked the Argos relentlessly over the course of the game with Jenine Adam slipping balls behind the Argos' back line to the speedy Evergreen forwards. But some good saves from Great Falls keeper Nicole Romano and some missed opportunities by the Geoducks foiled the comeback attempt.

"Take out the first fifteen minutes and I am very happy with the quality of our play," said Gibson-Snyder. "We regained out composure, attacked aggressively, moved the ball intelligently.but we didn't score. That's the way soccer is. The mistake is not coming ready to play for 90 minutes and giving up the early goal. We need to learn from that mistake."

Evergreen remains undefeated with the tie at 8-0-2. Great Falls moves to 0-6-1. The Geoducks return to action when they travel to Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon this coming weekend for two pivotal conference matches.