Evergreen’s Match with Concordia Moved to South Sound Stadium

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A record-setting weekend of heavy rain and continued anticipation of wet weather has forced the Evergreen Geoducks to move their Cascade Conference men’s soccer match with Concordia University on Tuesday to South Sound Stadium in Lacey, Wash.

The match is now set for 7 p.m. at South Sound Stadium, which is located at 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE in Lacey, Wash.  Evergreen will still offer live stats to all fans at www.evergreen.edu/livestats/msoccer.

The game is the first of two rematches of the 2012 Cascade Conference men’s soccer championship match that saw Concordia earn at 2-1 win in Portland, Ore.

Trinity Lutheran Shoots Past Geoducks, 4-1

EVERETT, Wash. – Playing in wet and windy conditions, the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t hold off the Trinity Lutheran Eagles, falling 4-1 in a non-conference women’s soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Field in Everett, Wash.

The Eagles got on the board just three minutes into the game as Kayla Kliphardt fired a high shot from the top of the box that snuck just under the crossbar.  Trinity Lutheran struck against just seconds before halftime as Courtney Brown collected a loose ball in the box and finished  from near point blank as TLC took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Evergreen closed the gap in the 51st minute after Kori Lerch (Chester, Va./Matoaca HS) gathered a ball from Delaney Smith (Dupont, Wash./Steilacoom HS/Tacoma CC) and fired from about 25 yards out, finishing in the upper left corner.

Trinity widened the gap again in the 80th minute as Kliphardt scored her second goal of the game and then Kaeli Eberth scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute as the Eagles collected the 4-1 non-conference win.

TLC held a 21-8 advantage on shots, though the gap was just 7-3 in the second period.  Evergreen keeper Kaitlin MacKenzie (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS/Shoreline CC) made nine first half saves in her only game in her home county this season.  Kyla Kitts (Renton, Wash./Kentridge HS/Highline CC) came in for the second half, making two saves.

The Geoducks are back in action on Saturday when they open up Cascade Conference play at Northwest.  Kick with the Eagles is set for 3:30 p.m. in Kirkland, Wash.

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Beacons Pull Past Geoducks, 3-1

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After the Evergreen Geoducks took the first set, the visiting Northwest Christian Beacons left no doubt the rest of the way, cruising to a four-set victory in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday evening at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

In the opening set, the Geoducks (2-9, 1-5 CCC) came out ready to compete as they led the Beacons (12-5, 5-3 CCC) for much of the set.  NCU tied things up at 17-17 and again at 20-20 and 22-22 but the Geoducks used a kill by Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC) to clinch the set one win by a final of 25-23.

Set two started out as a close one as well but Northwest Christian went on a 6-0 run to take a 13-9 lead and a 7-1 run put the Beacons up by even more as NCU hit .487 with 22 kills and just three errors on 39 attacks to collect the 25-15 set two win.

Coming out of the break, the Beacons again put the petal to the metal as the Geoducks quickly found themselves down by double-digits.  All hope was not lost for Evergreen and the green and white put together a seven-point run towards the end of the frame but it wasn’t enough as NCU earned the 25-16 set three victory to pull ahead.

The Geoducks looked to use some of that late momentum in the fourth set and it worked early but a handful of runs by the Beacons put the set out of reach and Northwest Christian used the 25-15 set four win to clinch the match, three sets to one.

Evergreen was led by 12 kills form Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College), who had a collegiate-best 37 kills on Friday night to finish with 49 for the weekend.  Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Mountain View HS/Trevecca Nazarene Univ.) finished with 10 kills while Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt Hood CC) finished with 34 assists on the night.  Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuku HS/Lower Columbia College) dug out a match-best 23 digs for the Geoducks.

Northwest Christian was led by 15 kills from Chandler Gabrio and 13 from Janel Fetters.  Corri Wallace finished with 46 assists on 59 NCU kills while Dana McGowan led the back row with 21 digs.  The Beacons finished with nine blocks, including four each from Fetters, Chelsea McGowan and Gabrio.

Evergreen hits the road next weekend, traveling to Southern Oregon on Friday night and Oregon Tech on Saturday.

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Geoducks, Warriors Play To Scoreless Draw

SALEM, Ore. – After battling for 90 minutes in regulation and 20 minutes after that, the Evergreen Geoducks and Corban Warriors played to a scoreless tie in a Cascade Conference men’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in Salem, Ore.

Following a gameday venue change that saw the match move six miles from Corban’s Warrior field to Sparks Field on the campus of Willamette University, the host Warriors showed early why they came into the game holding an unblemished record.

Despite the offensive onslaught by Corban, the Geoduck defense held tough and the two teams found themselves scoreless after 45 minutes and still scoreless after 90 minutes.

Evergreen turned the tables a bit in the overtime periods as the Geoducks managed four of their eight total shots in extra time, holding Corban to just three shots in the final 20 minutes after the Warriors put up 18 shots in regulation.

Geoduck keeper Mauricio Sanchez (East Wenatchee, Wash./Eastmont HS/Wenatchee Valley CC) was magnificent in the match, making 10 saves to collect the shutout.  Corban’s Jordan Farr made two saves in the shutout, including one with just four seconds to play in the second overtime.

The Geoducks return to Olympia on Tuesday as they play host to nationally-ranked Concordia in a battle of conference rivals. First kick with the Cavaliers is set for 4 p.m. on Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

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Warriors Outlast Geoducks in Five Sets

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Evergreen junior Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College) destroyed the school record for kills in a match but it wasn’t enough to get the Geoducks the win as the visiting Corban Warriors earned the five-set victory in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

The Geoducks (2-8, 1-4 CCC) came out ready to play in the first set as they took the initial lead and controlled most of the frame.  The Warriors (3-13, 1-6 CCC) were ready to battle as well, holding the set tight early.  Despite seven tie scores and two lead changes, the Geoducks used a 6-1 run to pull ahead and held on for the 25-20 set one win.

The second set belonged to Corban from the beginning as the Warriors pushed the lead to nine points and 17-8.  Evergreen battled back, getting within three points but the gap was too much to overcome, allowing Corban to earn a 25-20 set two win and tie the match and one set apiece.

Coming out of the break, the third set proved to be the most competitive as each team looked for the advantage.  With the scored tied at 14-14, the Warriors used a 5-2 run to build the lead and Corban kept the lead down the stretch to take the match advantage with a 25-21 set three win.

With their backs against the wall, the Geoducks came out ready to play in the fourth frame.  A 6-0 run put Evergreen up by seven at 11-4 and the lead proved to be enough as the Geoducks had their best set hitting wise, connecting for 14 kills with four errors on 36 attacks for .278, to collect the 25-17 set four win.

Just one set was left to decide it all and Corban came sprinting out of the gate, building a 4-10 lead.  Evergreen dug deep and got back within two at 11-9 but the home team could never get over the hump as Corban earned their first conference win of the year with a 15-12 set five win and the five-set match win.

Evergreen was led by a school-record 37 kills from Love, who also set a school record for total attacks with 81.  Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC) added 11 kills in the loss.  Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) put up 34 assists while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuku HS/Lower Columbia College) led all players with 29 digs.

Corban was led by 16 kills from Claire Bailey.  Miah Smith finished with 12 kills while Olivia Shropshire put down 11 kills in the win.  Haley Meili finished with 22 assists for the Warriors while Katherine Salness defended the back line with 19 digs on the night.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday night as Corban visits Northwest and Evergreen hosts Northwest Christian, beginning at 7 p.m.

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