Geoducks advance to tournament final

October 26, 2005

Salem, OR - The Evergreen women's soccer team rebounded from it's first loss this season to defeat Corban College in penalty kicks and advance to the finals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.

The Geoducks, playing without leading scorer Alisha White, who was injured in Evergreen's loss to Concordia University last Saturday, jumped out to an early lead when Alice Dietz beat her defender, dribbled across the face of the goal and ripped a 15 yard shot past Corban goalkeeper Kim Mendenhall 11 minutes into the game.

At that point the Geoducks had already netted the ball once but a Lisa Leadon goal was disallowed as the referee ruled that a Dietz pass had rolled across the endline before she played it to Leadon.

I was really happy with how we opened the game, said Geoduck head coach Erik Gibson-Snyder. We talked about everyone needing to be responsible for our attack with Alisha not playing. We got great play from all of our forwards today.

The Geoducks took the lead into halftime, but Corban leveled the game 15 minutes after the break when Kari Swenson took and Allison Busswell cross and beat Carly Stewart from 18 yards.

We have been a team that is can get complacent all season, and I think that happened again, said Gibson-Snyder. We had beaten Corban earlier in the year, we had the lead, we felt in control of the match, and we let up a little bit. You can't do that against a good team like Corban.

The game would stay tied through regulation and two overtime periods, sending the game to penalty kicks to determine a winner.

Evergreen shot first with April MacKay calmly slotting a ball past Mendenhall. Then Stewart made a diving save of Corban's Danae Pierce's shot to give Evergreen the lead.

It was a great start for our shooters and for Carly. April was so calm, and Carly is great at penalty kicks. It is really a moment for her to shine.

And shine she did.

After Stewart put Evergreen up a goal with the save, Lena Ishii netted for the Geoducks as did Corban's Sarah Officer to put the score to 2-1.

Then Lizzy Lieberknect shot for Evergreen. Her strike beat Mendenhall but caught the base of the post and stayed out of the goal creating an opening for Corban. AmberWihtol took advantage putting a shot off Stewart's hands to tie the teams up.

Kate Green put pressure on the Warrior shooters with a make, but Allison Busswell responded to put the score to 4-4.

Maeve Dempsey then gave the Geoducks the lead 5-4 with a blast to Mendenhall's left.

That set up Stewart's heroics.

Lyndsey Hawk stepped to the spot for the Warriors and sent a shot to Stewart's left. But the Evergreen goalkeeper smothered the attempt handing Evergreen the win and a trip to the conference championship game.

Evergreen will face Concordia University Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Portland to decide the conference champion. The two teams have split games this season with Evergreen handing Concordia its first home loss in four years and Concordia snapping Evergreen's 20-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season.