Posted October 5, 2012 by Cooper Point Journal in Sports & Recreation

Mixed Bag as Geoducks Return From Oregon

Men’s soccer continues its hot streak with a brief hiccup, women falter in spite of wizardry by their keeper, and cross country competes all across state lines

After a week mostly spent across the border, our Geoducks returned from their matches and invitationals with mixed results.

The Lady Geoducks’ Soccer team struggled in a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, first losing a close match to Southern Oregon 0-1 followed by a disappointing blowout against Oregon Tech that ended up being 0-5 in spite of keeper Lauren Davidson’s (junior) 10 saves.

The Men’s Soccer team continued their strong conference play, going 3-1 over a 10 day stretch including a 3-1 win over Corban University, a 2-1 win over Warner Pacific, a 0-2 loss to Concordia University, before righting the ship with a 4-0 win over Northwest University.

With a 5-1 conference record, the team has been tested many times, but keeps coming through, no more apparent than in the exciting Corban game that started off this last stretch of matches.

Facing arguably their toughest opponent yet, Evergreen got off to a hot start as Willie Spurr (freshman) continued his hot streak after winning Red Lion CCC Offensive Player of the Week by scoring the first goal of the game, followed by putting it off the feet of an opponent for an own goal, sending the Geoducks into halftime with a 2-0 lead.

Just minutes into the second half though, Corban scored off an assist to narrow the gap off a well-timed assist. Just under ten minutes later, Captain Brady Espinoza (junior) drilled in a 30-yard free kick to secure the lead and the win.

Though the game was much closer than the score, keeper Collin Harlow (junior) was spectacular in the net, refusing to allow Corban to take the lead in spite of the fact they got off more shots than the Geoducks.

In other news, Evergreen Cross Country ran at the 38th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Oregon this weekend, hosted by Willamette University.

Aaron Jones (sophomore) and Ashley DiCristina (senior) were the top men’s and women’s finishers among the Geoducks. Their next meet will be in two weeks at Warner Pacific in Portland.

By David Lukashok