OLYMPIA, Wash. – A pair of goals by junior Deirdre Dornay (Mercer Island, Wash./Bellevue College) in the first half was enough to propel the Evergreen Geoducks to a 2-1 win over the visiting Warner Pacific Knights in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon on Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash. The win was the first for Evergreen in Cascade Conference play since Oct. 25, 2008.
The Geoducks (3-8-1, 1-5-0 CCC) first got on the clock in the 23rd minute when Lea Rohan (Las Vegas, Nev./Jackson State Univ.) sent in a corner kick and Dornay gathered the ball from a scrum in the middle of the net, firing it in from close range for the 1-0 lead over the Knights (4-4-1, 3-4-0 CCC). Dornay made it 2-0 just a few minutes later following a shot by Teresa Lopez (Yakima, Wash./Walla Walla CC) that careened off the crossbar to the feet of Dornay, who fired it through the crowd from about 10 yards out.
The Knights got on the board in the second half when Anna Blakeslee beat Evergreen keeper Lauren Davidson (Seattle, Wash./North Seattle CC) on a breakaway in the 64th minute, pulling WPC back within one. The Geoduck defense tightened up and the offense kept applying pressure the remainder of the game, allowing Evergreen to earn their first conference win since a 2-0 win at home over Northwest Christian on Oct. 25, 2008.
Davidson was solid in net, making five saves for the green and white. Warner Pacific’s Nikita Rivera was also strong in net, making seven saves for the Knights as the Geoducks held a 24-9 advantage on shots.
Evergreen will be back in action on Monday afternoon when they play host to third-ranked Concordia (Ore.). Warner Pacific will be in action on Monday as well, traveling to Kirkland, Wash. to take on Northwest.