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Geoduck playoff hopes dashed today

October 17, 2007

Olympia, WA - The visiting Eagles of Northwest University surprised Evergreen in an upset win this afternoon. The Eagles, ranked 10th in the Cascade Conference behind Evergreens 6th place, dashed Geoduck hope of a spot in the conference tournament that begins Saturday.

Evergreen seemed to have the game in control early with a goal in the first three minutes by Kate Green (Jr Kentwood HS). Green took the shot on a pass by Monica Ragan (Fr Boise, ID) from ten yards out.

Just a minute and a half later Northwest answered with a shot by Andrienne Hall that pin-balled off her teammate Abigail Pruss, off an Evergreen defender and into the net. The Evergreen own goal was credited to Pruss with Hall getting the assist.

With the score tied at 1-1, Evergreen still seemed to be the dominating team. For the remaining period Evergreen had the shooting advantage, taking 10 shots to NUs 4. Maybe the scoreboard having technical difficulties before the game was an omen? Evergreens shots would not go in. Ragan and Green each had a shot hitting either the cross bar or post. Mira Sussman (Sr Battleground HS) had a near score off the post as well.

In the second half the Eagles turned up their aggressive play, earning 11 fouls in that half alone. The Evergreen coaching staff and players began to show their frustration at calls not made by officials. Some of Evergreens key players, already dealing with injuries most of this season, were taken out of commission briefly or permanently by NU tackles. Thats when things really went south for Evergreen.

Most of the second half was back and forth play by both teams with few shots taken. With only five minutes remaining in the game, Brittney Marshall of the Eagles found herself downfield alone with a ball at her feet. Facing only two Evergreen defenders, including keeper Katie Cagle, Marshall only had to maneuver to the inside to throw the defender off balance for the shot.

Evergreen still had a tournament chance, being tied with Warner Pacific at 6th place in the conference and the top 6 teams advancing. The tiebreaker was based on the early season 0-1 loss to Warner (who lost tonight against Corban) thus advancing WPC to post-season play.

Northwest ends their season with an overall record of 3-10-4 and 3-5-2 in the conference. Evergreen finishes at 5-8-1 and 4-5-1 in CCC play.

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