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Evergreen Falls for the First Time this Season

October 22, 2005

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College women's soccer team lost its first match of the year on the last day of regular season play as the Geoducks fell 2-0 to ninth-ranked Concordia University.

Evergreen handed Concordia its first home loss in four years earlier this season, but the Cavaliers returned the favor as they were the first team to down the Geoducks in 20 regular season matches dating back to last year.

Concordia scored in the fourth minute of the match on a soft Jennifer Hughes header that looped over the head of keeper Carly Stewart.

"We marked well on the play, and Hughes did well just to get to it, " said Evergreen's head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder of the goal. "I don't think that was how she meant to play the ball, but last game we got the break with the early goal. This game they got the good bounce."

Evergreen responded to the early goal by claiming the majority of the possession in the first half. But the Geoducks could not convert their chances.

With the half winding down Evergreen's leading scorer, Alisha White, left the game with an injury and did not return in the second half.

"That is a big blow to us in the game. We were applying pressure to their back line and Alisha is a big part of that. Losing her forced us to make some adjustments and made life much easier for Concordia."

The Cavaliers got another break on the second goal of the match as a Caitlin Verhofstadt shot hit the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play but was ruled to have crossed the goal line by the assistant referee.

"In the end it doesn't matter if the call was right or wrong. We didn't get the goal we needed to get back into the game. But overall I am proud of how we played. It's ironic that we played poorly and won at their place and then played well and lost at our place. But that's what we keep telling the kids, you can't control the outcome. You can only control what you put into the game, and I am happy with what the kids did today."