Geoducks, No. 22 Battlin’ Bears Play To 1-1 Tie

OLYMPIA, Wash.  –  After 22nd-ranked Rocky Mountain struck first, the Evergreen Geoducks evened it up as the two teams battled for 110 minutes before settling for a 1-1 tie in a non-conference men’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in Olympia, Wash.

The Battlin’ Bears (3-0-1) opened up the scoring in the 16th minute as Tanner Wolff unleashed an absolute bullet for 30 yards out that shot into the net to put Rocky up 1-0.

The Geoducks (1-0-1) evened it up a little over 10 minutes later as Kodey Eley (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way HS) fed in a ball to the box and Willie Spurr (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) got a boot on it to finish from about five yards out.

Both teams continued to push over the remainder of the first half and into the second half but strong play by the keepers led to overtime.  Each team had a solo shot in each of the overtimes but only one found the frame and Rocky keeper Joachin Soderstrom made his sixth save of the day to preserve the tie.

Collin Harlow (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS/Shoreline CC) played all 110 minutes for Evergreen, allowing one goal on 13 shots with four saves.

The match also saw its share of cautions as eight total cards were shown, including a second yellow that resulted in a red for Rocky defender Ronaldo Goncalves in the 86th minute.

Evergreen will next play on Sep. 8 when they make the trip north to Parkland, Wash. to take on Pacific Lutheran.  Game time with the Lutes is set for 2:30 p.m.

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No. 24 Bears Battle Past Geoducks, 3-1

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After playing to a tie in the first half, the 24th-ranked Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears put a pair of second half scores on the board to spoil the Evergreen Geoducks’ season opener in a women’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in Olympia, Wash.

Rocky’s Therese Hagbyhn opened up the scored in just the fourth minute as she won a ball from an Evergreen defender and pushed in past Geoduck keeper Kaitlin Mackenzie (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS/Shoreline CC) for the 1-0 lead.

The Geoducks got the equalizer less than a minute later as Avery Cushmna (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS) fed in a ball to junior Katie Hebien (Boulder, Colo./Boulder HS), who put it past Malin Johannson for the score.

In the second half, the Battlin’ Bears retook the lead in the 63rd minute as Jaelene Gygmond gathered the ball out of a group before finishing past second-half keeper Kayla Kitts (Renton, Wash./Kentridge HS/Highline CC) for the 2-1 lead.  Rocky earned an insurance goal in the 77th minute as Hagbyhn scored her second of the afternoon on a rainbow clear that just snuck under the crossbar from about 45 yards out.

Rocky outshot the Geoducks, 27-6, on the afternoon but the two Evergreen keepers had a nice day, combining for nine saves.  The Battlin’ Bears were also whistled for offsides 11 times on the afternoon, compared with just once for the Geoducks.

Evergreen returns to action on Sep. 8 when they play host to Pacific (Ore.) in a non-conference match.  Kick with the Boxers is set for 2:00 p.m. on Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

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Geoducks Break On Through, Beat Montana Western in Four

SPOKANE, Wash.  – The Evergreen Geoducks did something they hadn’t done in 51 matches prior and that was walk away with a win as the green and white held off the Montana Western Bulldogs in four sets on Saturday afternoon at the Red Lion Cascade/Frontier Challenge in Spokane, Wash.

The Geoducks (1-3) came out on fire in the first set, building a 10-3 lead before the Bulldogs (3-3) even knew what hit them.  The lead stayed out of reach for UMW the rest of the way as Evergreen cruised to the 25-13 set one win.

In the second set, UMW came out battling and the Geoduck kept it tight most of the frame.  The Bulldogs pulled it together in the end, holding off Evergreen, 25-22, to tie the match at one set each.

Evergreen was determined in the third set but UMW didn’t back down as the team found themselves tied at 10-10 midway through.  A 10-5 run put the Geoducks up late and another 5-2 run secured the set three victory to give Evergreen the one-set lead.

Montana Western took the early lead in the fourth set, scoring the first six points of the frame but Evergreen dug deep to even the match at 15-15.  Never trailing the rest of the way, the Geoducks made the plays they needed to make as they earned the 25-22 set four win to clinch their first win since Oct. 30, 2010.

Evergreen was led by 15 kills each from Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Mountain View HS/Trevecca Nazarene Univ.) and Victoria Love (Seaside, CAlif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College).  Natimia Barker-Doss (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Pierce College) put up 41 assists for the Geoducks to go with 10 digs for the junior transfer.

Montana Western was led by 12 kills from Bailey Brandson.  Paige Latimer added 21 assists while Kendra Mendicino led all players with 19 digs.  The Bulldogs hit just .083 on the afternoon, compared with .203 for the Geoducks.

The Geoducks will next officially be back in action on Sep. 6 when they host Concordia in the Cascade Conference opener for both schools.  Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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Lights Outshine Geoducks in Three

SPOKANE, Wash.  – Three tight sets all went the way of Montana State-Northern as the Evergreen Geoducks fell to the MSUN Lights, 3-0, on Friday night at the Red Lion Cascade/Frontier Challenge in Spokane, Wash.

In the first set, the Geoducks kept pace with the Lights but MSUN went on a run midway through the set.  Evergreen battled back to tie the frame at 20-20 but a 5-1 run gave the Lights the set one win, 25-21.

In the second set, it was a similar start as the teams played close early before the Lights pulled ahead.  Unlike the first set, the Geoducks couldn’t find a way back into it as MSUN pulled ahead by two with the 25-18 set two victory.

The Geoducks kept things close again in the third , tying the match up at 17-17 but an 8-3 run clinched the match for Northern as the Geoducks couldn’t get the win.

Evergreen was led by nine kills from junior Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC).  Natimia Barker-Doss (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Pierce College) had 24 assist while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuka HS/Lower Columbia College) finished with 15 digs.  The Geoducks held a slight lead in blocks at 7 to 6.

MSU-Northern was led by 15 kills from Kelsey Williams and 12 from Abby Nicholas.  Joni Nagy put up 35 assists while Holly Cartwright led the Lights with 15 digs.

The Geoducks will look to leave Spokane with a win on Saturday when they face off against Montana Western, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Geoducks Battle In Season Openers

SPOKANE, Wash. – Opening up a new era, the Evergreen Geoducks battled tough but fell in both of their season opening matches on Thursday at the Red Lion Cascade/Frontier Challenge in Spokane, Wash.  The Geoducks went four sets with 25th-ranked Carroll in their first match before falling to Great Falls in the day’s finale.

#25 Carroll 3, Evergreen 1

In their first match of 2013, the Geoducks gave the nationally-ranked Saints all that they could handle, taking the second set before falling in four.

Junior Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College) shined in her Evergreen debut, throwing down 16 kills with just two errors on 39 attempts for a .359 clip.   Senior Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Mountain View HS/Trevecca Nazarene Univ.) had a solid match as well, putting down 13 kills.  Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) had 35 assists on the afternoon while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuku HS/Lower Columbia College)  had 13 digs.

As a team, the Geoducks hit .180 on the match, connecting for 42 kills with 18 errors on 133 total attacks.  Evergreen finished with seven blocks and eight service aces in the loss.

Great Falls 3, Evergreen 0

In their final match of the first day, the Geoducks struggled to find their swing as the Argos of Great Falls took advantage to collect the sweep.

Love added eight kills in the loss, adding a pair of blocks.  Delagrange put up 21 assists with Domingo finished the match with 18 digs.

The Geoducks will be back in action on Friday when they take on North Idaho in a scrimmage at 10 a.m. and Montana State-Northern at 4 p.m.  Both matches will be played at the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake, Wash.