OLYMPIA, Wash. – Taking advantage of an own goal by Evergreen and two penalty kicks, the Corban Warriors picked up a 5-3 over the Evergreen Geoducks in a Cascade Conference men’s soccer match on Wednesday afternoon on Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.
Corban (8-6-0, 6-4-0 CCC) took the 1-0 lead in just the 4th minute after an Evergreen (4-8-1, 3-6-1 CCC) defender tried to clear the ball back to keeper Mitch Treend (Vancouver, Wash./Prairie) but Treend wasn’t expecting the pass as it went in the back of the net for the own goal. The Geoducks evened it up in the 25th minute when George Bundy (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) fed in a ball to the waiting Corey Johnson (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris HS), who finished cross the frame for the goal.
Evergreen took the lead just a few minutes later as Bundy dribbled the ball around a Corban defender before firing it in from eight yards out for a 2-1 lead in the 29th minute. The Warrriors evened it up in the 35th minute when Tyler Hagen successfully completed a penalty kick following a foul in the box. Corban took the lead just a few minutes later as Derik Chaney fed in a beautiful cross from the touchline to the waiting forehead of Aaron Kinnes in the 39th minute as the Warriors took a 3-2 lead into the half.
In the second period, the Warriors were awarded another penalty kick in the 58th minute and this time it was Devin Chaney who scored. Kinnes scored his second goal of the afternoon in the 72nd minute on a free kick from about 20 yards out, giving Corban a 5-2 lead. The Geoducks managed to get one more score on the board as Dyson Fowler (North Bend, Wash./Mount Si HS) put in a cross from near the touchline and Brandon Wood (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/North Idaho College) showed no fear in diving head first as he put in his third goal of the year but it was too little, too late as the Warriors earned the 5-3 win.
Treend made six saves on the afternoon for the Geoducks. Corban keeper Steven Mason finished with five saves on the match.
The Geoducks hit the road this weekend, travelling to Warner Pacific on Saturday afternoon. Corban will take on Willamette Valley rival Northwest Christian on Saturday as well.