Cavaliers Outduel Geoducks in Sweep

PORTLAND, Ore. – After a rough first set, the Evergreen Geoducks fought back in sets two and three but it was the Concordia Cavaliers who earned the straight-set victory, 25-12, 25-22, 25-22, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday evening at Cavalier Court in Portland, Ore.

Concordia jumped out to the big lead in set one as the Cavs picked up the first eight points of the match before the Geoducks could get on the board.  The Cavs used a few smaller runs to continue to pull away as they earned the 25-12 win.

The second frame proved to be a lot more competitive as neither team managed to gain much of an advantage with the score tied six times and the teams exchanging leads three times.  The Geoducks found themselves up 22-21 late following an attack error by Melanie Miller but four-straight CU points gave the Cavs the 25-22 win.

Evergreen got off to the quick start in set three, picking up the first four points, but Concordia answered back with a five-point run that put them back on top.  The teams continued to battle as the score would be tied 11 times during the frame but kills by Jackie Stein and Miller were the nail in the coffin as the Cavs won set three, 25-22, to take the match, three sets to none.

The Geoducks were led by 10 kills from junior Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.).  Senior Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) picked up 19 assists while Sonja Arrasi-Nash (Sandy, Utah/Westminster College) defended the back row with 18 digs on the night.

Concordia was led by eight kills each from Miller and Stein.  Lindsay Mangan put up 28 assists while Kelsey Kai led the Cavaliers with 13 digs on the night.  As a team, CU hit .138 with 34 kills and 18 errors on 116 total attacks.

The Geoducks continue their road trip next week as they make the trip North to Kirkland, Wash. to take on Northwest University on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. in NU Pavilion.

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Four Scores and a Geoduck Win Over Northwest

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Taking the lead just 27 seconds into the game, the Evergreen Geoducks picked up a 4-0 win over the Northwest Eagles in a Cascade Conference men’s soccer game on Saturday at NU Soccer Field in Kirkland, Wash.

Junior Jack Fortune (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS) gave the Geoducks the lead in the opening minute after sending in a ball from 25 yards out that bounced over the head of Northwest keeper Jonny Wong.  Evergreen continued to pressure the goal over the next 44 minutes but the lead remained just 1-0 at half.

In the second half, the Geoducks blew the game open, beginning with a successful penalty kick by Mirza Memic (Bellevue, Wash./Whatcom CC) in the 50th minute.  Kevin Flavin (Oak Harbor, Wash./Shoreline CC) made in 3-0 in the 60th minute after dribbling up the left side and beating the Northwest defense before firing in a ball from 15 yards out for the score.

Memic earned the brace, his second of the season, in the 75th minute after George Bundy (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) sent in a floating free kick and Memic put a head on it for the 4-0 Geoduck advantage.

While the Evergreen offense was having a great game at one end of the field, Geoduck keeper Mauricio Sanchez (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee Valley CC) earned the shutout at the other end, making five saves in his season debut.

Evergreen returns to Olympia on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Northwest Christian to wrap up the first half of conference play.  Kick with the Beacons is set for 2 p.m. at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

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Owls Fly Past Geoducks, 5-0

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Keeper Lauren Davidson (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) made 10 saves but it wasn’t enough as the Evergreen Geoducks fell to the Oregon Tech Owls, 5-0, in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The Owls got on the board early as Rebekah Nisbet put in her second goal of the year in just the fifth minute to give OIT the 1-0 lead.  Oregon Tech made it 2-0 in the 26th minute as Hayley Smith fed in a ball to Rylee Jones, who chipped it over Davidson for the score.

After the halftime break, the Owls put in their third goal in the 51st minute as Nisbet crossed a ball to Hayley Smith, who put it past Davidson for the score.  Smith collected the brace in the 55th minute, this time on the assist from Melanie Johns as OIT pushed the lead to 4-0.

Oregon Tech scored their final goal in the 71st minute as A.J. Castle took a pass from Nisbet for the final goal of the match as the Owls earned the 5-0 win.  Evergreen was outshot, 31-6, on the match.

The Geoducks return to action next Friday afternoon when they play host to Northwest Christian in a match set for 4 p.m. at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

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Evergreen Quintet Runs at Bowles Invitational

SALEM, Ore. – Taking part in one of the biggest meets in the Pacific Northwest, the Evergreen Geoducks sent five runners to the 38th annual Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette University and contested at Bush Park in Salem, Ore.

On the men’s side, Aaron Jones (San Bruno, Calif./Capuchino HS) led the way for the third straight meet, taking 167th place with a time of 28:05.90, just 45 one-hundredths of a second behind Calvin Edward of Eastern Oregon.

Alec Messman (Lacey, Wash./River Ridge HS) was the next Geoduck across the line, taking 200th overall with a time of 29:13.99.  Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) took 224th with a time of 30:53.69 while Drew Hawley (SeaTac, Wash./Mt. Rainier HS) rounded out the Evergreen men with a time of 33:03.47 to finish 240th.

The Gold race was won by Matthew Clowes, running unattached, with a time of 24:09.43. University of British Columbia and Concordia (Ore.) tied for first place, each finishing with 91 points on the meet.

On the women’s side, Ashley DiCristina (Prescott, Ariz./Brandshaw Mountain HS) was the only Geoduck to compete, taking 189th place with a time of 25:09.62.  Kimber Mattox took first individually, finishing in a time of 17:17.99. British Columbia took the women’s title with 64 points, edging out Everett Community College, who finished with 83.

In the Cardinal races, Lars Erik Malde took first in the men’s 8k with a time of 24:49.08 as his Portland Pilots also earned the men’s title with just 16 points, nearly 100 points better than second-place Boise State.  Amber Rozcicha of Portland State won the women’s 5k with a time of 17:46.70 while it was Oregon State taking the women’s team title with 28 points.

Evergreen will take a two-week break before their next meet.  On Oct. 13, the Geoducks will head back down to Oregon to take part in the Cascade Conference Preview Meet, hosted by Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore.


Knights Knock Out Geoducks, 3-0

PORTLAND, Ore. – Taking advantage of playing at home, the Warner Pacific Knights swept past the Evergreen Geoducks, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.

The Knights took the early lead by using four service errors to take the first six points of the match.  Warner Pacific continued to maintain the lead for the rest of the frame as they earned the 25-16 win to take the early advantage.

Evergreen started set two much stronger as the Geoducks held an early 4-2 lead.  The Knight eventually took back the advantage as WPC snuck past the Geoducks for the 25-19 set two win as they extended their lead to 2-0.

It was Warner Pacific again taking the early lead in the final frame as the Geoducks found themselves down 24-13 but Evergreen dug deep and reeled off eight straight points before the Knights put down the match winner to take the third set, 25-20.

Evergreen was led by 11 kills from Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.).  Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) returned from injury to put up 24 assists while Sonja Arrasi-Nash (Sandy, Utah/Westminster College) added 13 digs in the losing effort.

Warner Pacific was led by 13 kills from Rylie Engelson and 10 from Devan Belshe.  Marchelle Bostic put up 23 assists in the win while Samantha Bryan defended the back row with 16 digs.

The Geoducks remain in the Rose City as they make the short trip to Concordia for their next match, set for tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Cavalier Gym in Portland, Ore.

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