LA GRANDE, Ore. – After helping the Evergreen Geoducks secure their first men’s soccer postseason berth since 2005, juniors Jeff Roland (Tacoma, Wash./South Puget Sound CC) and Brady Espinoza (Pasco, Wash./Walla Walla CC) have been named Red Lion Cascade Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Roland earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three of the Geoducks’ four goals last week as the green and white earned wins on the road at Northwest Christian, 3-0, and Corban, 1-0. Roland’s game-winning goal at Corban came with just 11 seconds left on a one-timer following an attempted clear by a Corban defender.
Espinoza earned Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring the Geoduck back line that didn’t allow a goal in 180 minutes played, all of which Brady was on the pitch. Evergreen now has six shutouts on the season and he is a large reason why.
The Geoducks look to earn a home game in the Cascade Conference tournament on Wednesday afternoon when they host Warner Pacific. With a win, Evergreen can finish no lower than second, which would have them opening the conference tournament on Nov. 6 at home.