SALEM, Ore. – Senior Jeff Roland (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS/South Puget Sound CC) scored his second goal of the season in the third minute as the Evergreen Geoducks picked up a 1-0 win over the Whitworth Pirates in a neutral site men’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in Salem, Ore.
After Whitworth (2-1-0) was whistled offside to open the game, Roland took possession about 30 yards away and fired in the game winner past keeper Shane Nishioka-Healy to give the Geoducks (2-1-0) a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 at halftime and despite a 10-2 Pirate advantage on shots in the second half, Geoduck keeper Collin Harlow (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS/Shoreline CC) made six saves in the final 45 minutes to finish with eight for the day and collect the shutout.
The Geoducks will open up Cascade Conference play on Tuesday evening when they host Warner Pacific. First kick with the Knights is set for 5 p.m. at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.