Class of 2014 Inducted into Evergreen Hall of Fame

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On a night that honored all the achievements within The Evergreen State College Department of Recreation and Athletics, the Geoducks inducted the second class of the Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame.

Joining the inaugural class of 2012 were US Soccer paralympian Josh Blue, former men’s basketball player Troy Torbert and former men’s soccer coach Arno Zoske.

Josh Blue ‘01

A member of the 2004 U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team that competed in Athens, Greece, Josh is a 2001 graduate of The Evergreen State College.  He was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC’s reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season.

Troy Torbert ‘99

The first All-American in Evergreen basketball history, Troy transferred to Evergreen prior to the 1997-98 season from Cornell University.  In his first season with the Geoducks, he was named First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-America.  He remained at Evergreen as an assistant coach for the 1998-99 season, graduating that spring.

Arno Zoske

The second head coach in Evergreen men’s soccer history, Arno arrived on campus following a journey that should be on the big screen.  Born in 1939, his family escaped Eastern Germany and eventually immigrated to the United State in 1956.  He served as athletic trainer for the University of Notre Dame basketball team under Digger Phelps before moving to Washington to start a soccer coaching career. After stints at Tacoma CC and Pacific Lutheran, he arrived at Evergreen in 1983, earning 93 wins in 12 seasons at the helm of the Geoducks.

In addition to the hall of fame inductions, the Geoducks also handed out a number of awards, including Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Sophomore high jumper Anthony Johnson (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) was named Male Athlete of the Year after earning a pair of All-American honors.  He placed fifth at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships before earning a runner-up finish last week at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  He also became the first individual Cascade Conference champion in school history, winning both the high jump and long jump at the CCC Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

Senior women’s basketball player Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS)  earned Female Athlete of the Year honors after earning First Team All-CCC honors. Clark led the Geoducks in scoring with 15.0 points per game and added 115 assists to her now-school record total of 290.  She finished her three-year career at Evergreen with 969 points.

Geoducks Fall as Owls Earn Playoff Berth With 4-1 Win

OLYMPIA, Wash. – With winds gusting near 40 mph, the Oregon Tech Owls survived the elements and survived the Evergreen Geoducks, earning a 4-1 win in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer game on Saturday afternoon at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

Oregon Tech (7-9-1, 4-5-0 CCC) got on the board first as Kylie Durant sent in a ball from the right side in the 18th minute that deflected to the feet of Jacque Wood, who put the ball in the net for the 1-0 lead.  Evergreen (3-11-0, 2-7-0 CCC) answered back in the 19th minute as Delaney Smith (Dupont, Wash./Steilacoom HS/Tacoma CC) sent in a shot from about 20 yards out that snuck right inside the near post to even the game at 1-1.

The Owls took the lead before the break, using a cross from Mikaila Riddle in the 36th minute that gave Tarryn Miyamura the chance to score and she did, giving Oregon Tech a 2-1 lead heading into the halftime break.

In the second half, the Owls made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute after Kayla Campbell gathered the ball out a scrum following a corner kick by Rebekah Nisbet and Campbell shot from close for the score.  Oregon Tech finished up the scoring in the 84th minute as Nisbet stole the ball from Evergreen keeper Kaitlin MacKenzie (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS/Shoreline CC) and finished on the open net for the 4-1 win.

Evergreen outshot the Owls, 21-15, on the afternoon but OIT keepers Rebekah Matteri and Kourtney Scoggins were strong between the pipes, combining for eight saves on the afternoon.  MacKenzie made four saves for Evergreen in her final collegiate game.

With the loss, the Geoducks finish the season in eighth position in the Cascade Conference standings with a record of 3-11 overall and 2-7 in CCC play.  Oregon Tech clinched the final berth in the 2013 Cascade Conference Women’s Soccer Championships presented by U.S. Bank.

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Raiders Carve Out 3-1 Win over Geoducks

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Building an early lead, the Southern Oregon Raiders held on for a 3-1 win over the Evergreen Geoducks in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer match on Thursday afternoon at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

The Raiders (9-4-3, 5-2-1 CCC) got on the board in just the fourth minute as Jacquie Galvez sent a corner into the box and Chloe Welch gained possession before scoring her second goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.  SOU doubled the advantage in the 21st minute as Galvez unleashed a long-distance try from about 30 yards out that slipped past Evergreen (3-10-0, 2-6-0 CCC) keeper Kaitlin MacKenzie (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS/Shoreline CC) for the 2-0 halftime lead.

The Evergreen defense stayed strong for much of the second half but Southern Oregon was able to get another score in the 76th minute as Kendra Madaras-Kelly fed in a ball to Megan McArthur, who beat MacKenzie on the dribbled and finished on an open net for the 3-0 lead.

All was not lost for the Geoducks, who started a comeback in the 82nd minute on a goal by Delaney Smith (Dupont, Wash./Steilacoom HS/Tacoma CC) that snuck right inside the far post after a pass from Rayna Murphy (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris HS).  Unfortunately for Evergreen, the comeback attempt would end there as SOU earned the 3-1 win.

Southern Oregon held a 22-12 advantage on shots, including 10 on goal, compared with four for Evergreen.  The game was relatively clean with just 13 fouls called and only one caution shown.

The Geoducks wrap up the regular season on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Oregon Tech on Senior Day.  First kick with the Hustlin’ Owls is set for 1 p.m. on Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.

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This Week in Geoduck Athletics

While clocks may be turning back on Sunday morning (friendly reminder), the Geoducks continue to move ahead as both men’s and women’s soccer, as well as volleyball, are still in playoff contention and the men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for a busy November!

Men’s Basketball
After going 1-1 in Kamloops, British Columbia last weekend, the Geoduck men’s basketball team has the weekend off from competition before making the short trek to Lacey on Tuesday to take on Thurston County rival Saint Martin’s in an exhibition contest.  Tip with the Saints is set for 7:30 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion, following the conclusion of the exhibition game between the Geoducks and Saints women’s teams.

Women’s Basketball
The Geoducks continue to prep for the 2013-14 season and will finally get a game-day atmosphere on Tuesday when they head over to rival Saint Martin’s for a exhibition as part of a women/men doubleheader at Marcus Pavilion in Lacey.  The Evergreen women are set to tip at 5:15 p.m. against the Saints, who are picked to finish eighth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this season.

Men’s Soccer
The Evergreen men’s soccer team is on the road for the rest of the 2013 season but the Geoducks find themselves in a strong position to make the Cascade Conference tournament for the second straight season.  This weekend, the Geoducks head to Kirkland to take on in-state rival Northwest, beginning at 1 p.m. on the NU campus.

Women’s Soccer
Geoduck women’s soccer plays their final two home games of the season this week as they host Southern Oregon on Thursday (It should be a spooktacular match) and Oregon Tech on Saturday.  On Thursday, the Geoducks invite all fans to show up in their most scary, or silly, Halloween costumes as the green and white look for an important win against the Raiders.  Saturday is both Senior Day and Breast Cancer Awareness day as fans are invited to trade in their green for pink as Evergreen honors their seniors before the game.

Currently tied for seventh place, the Geoducks will look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they visit Northwest Christian on Friday night and Corban on Saturday.  Both matches are very important for the green and white and both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Geoduck Gallop
Runners looking for something to do on Feb. 1 can stop their search as the Geoducks are proud to announce the annual Geoduck Gallop 10k/Half-Marathon will take place beginning at 9 a.m.  For more information, including how to register, visit the Geoduck Gallop page here.

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Knights Knock Off Geoducks in Overtime, 3-2

PORTLAND, Ore. – Scoring the equalizing goal with less than two minutes to go in regulation, the Warner Pacific Knights took advantage of a defensive misplay by the Evergreen Geoducks to put in the overtime winner in the 96th minute to take a 3-2 win in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday night at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore.

The Geoducks (3-9-0, 2-5-0 CCC) took the lead in the 15th minute after Warner Pacific (3-7-0, 2-5-0 CCC) was credited with an own goal.  The advantage remained through halftime and for over an hour until Victoria Parker took a pass from Trisha Durham at the top of the box and scored her first goal of the season in the 79th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Evergreen retook the lead in the 85th minute after Sophie Krauza (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial HS) headed a ball to Rayna Murphy (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris HS) and Murphy took advantage of a breakaway to score her second goal of the season.

As the Geoducks began to taste victory, the Knights evened it up yet again as Durham passed a ball to Cathy Lara at the top of the six yard box in the 89th minute and Lara beat Evergreen keeper Kayla Kitts (Renton, Wash./Kentridge HS/Highline CC) left to force the extra time.

In overtime, the Geoducks had a header shot by Krauza blocked and just one minute later, the Knights took advantage of a defensive misplay as Ashley Valencia forced the ball up field and Durham finished for the game winner, her fifth goal of the season.

Warner Pacific outshot the Geoducks, 13-6, on the night.  Kitts made four saves for Evergreen while Allie Holterman had two stops for the Knights.

The Geoducks return home on Thursday as they play host to Southern Oregon in what is expected to be a ghoulish game.

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