LACEY, Wash. – Playing their first playoff match since 2005, the Evergreen Geoducks kept a magical season alive, defeating the Warner Pacific Knights, 4-1, in a Cascade Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Semifinal on Tuesday afternoon at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, Wash.
The Geoducks (13-5-0) first got on the board in the 24th minute as senior Kevin Flavin (Oak Harbor, Wash./Shoreline CC) fed in a cross from the far side of the field and freshman Willie Spurr (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) got a head on it, pushing it past Drew Bonifacio for the 1-0 advantage.
The Knights (9-9-1) evened it up in the 30th minute as Alberto Casas sent in a shot that was cleared off the line but a Geoduck defender but Jameson Jones was there to collect the loose ball and put it in an open net to tie the game at 1-1.
Things would stay tied heading into the half and through the first 15 minutes of the second period but Flavin gave Evergreen the lead again in the 60th minute, dribbling around a WPC defender and Bonifacio before finishing from point blank for the 2-1 advantage.
Evergreen collected their first insurance goal in the 67th minute as Spurr took a page out of Flavin’s book, dribbling around the WPC keeper and firing it in for his second goal of the game. The final goal for the Geoducks came in the 80th minute as senior Kyle Wiese (Battle Ground, Wash./Prairie HS) gathered a ball following a collision between WPC defenders and fired in on an open net for 20 yards out for the 4-1 win.
The Geoducks outshot the Knights, 13-11, on the night. Bonifacio finished with four saves for Warner Pacific while Mauricio Sanchez (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee Valley CC) made five saves to earn the win for Evergreen.
The win was the first postseason win for the Geoducks since Nov. 18, 2004 when Evergreen earned a 2-1 win over Rio Grande in the second round of the NAIA National Championship in Olathe, Kan.
Evergreen now advances to the 2012 Cascade Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Match on Saturday evening against Concordia. Kick with the Cavs is set for 6 p.m. at Tuominen Yard in Portland, Ore.