OLYMPIA, Wash. – As the sun began to set behind the trees, the Evergreen Geoducks celebrated their third-straight win after defeating the Corban Warriors, 3-1, in a Cascade Conference men’s soccer match on Wednesday evening at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.
The Geoducks (3-3-0, 3-0-0 CCC) got on the board in the 16th minute when freshman Willie Spurr (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) backed up his recent Red Lion CCC Offensive Player of the Week award by juking around a defender for Corban (2-3-2, 1-2-0 CCC) before firing it past Nash Yumauchi for the 1-0 lead.
Spurr nearly scored his fifth goal of the season in the 30th minute as his shot fell at the feet of a Warrior defender, who lost control of the ball as it trickled into the net for an own goal and a 2-0 Evergreen lead heading into halftime.
The Warriors narrowed the gap to just one goal in the 48th minute as Antonio Walker gathered the save from Evergreen’s Collin Harlow (Kirkland, Wash./Shoreline CC) following a Tyler Hagen shot and Walker scored from five yards out for his second of the season.
Evergreen put the nail in the coffin in the 57th minute as junior captain Brady Espinoza (Pasco, Wash./Walla Walla CC) lined up a free kick from about 30 yards out and put the ball into the back of the net for his third goal of the season, all coming on set pieces, as the Geoducks earned the 3-1 win.
With the win, Evergreen moves to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2005 as they sit tied atop the table with Concordia and Northwest, who also were victorious on Wednesday.
Corban outshot Evergreen, 16 to 11, on the match and had seven corner kicks but Harlow proved too strong in net, making eight saves to give the Geoducks the win. Yamauchi finished with two saves for the Warriors, playing all 90 minutes in net.
Evergreen hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday when they travel to Portland to take on Warner Pacific. First kick with the Knights is set for 5 p.m. at David Douglas High School. Corban will also be in action on Saturday, traveling to Northwest Christian in a match set for 6 p.m. in Eugene, Ore.