September 9, 2011

EVERGREEN ST 4, GEORGE FOX 2: Geoducks Drop Bruins with Two 2nd-Half Goals


OLYMPIA, Wash. - After battling back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of first-half goals, the George Fox University Bruins missed a chance to pick up their first win of the season as they allowed two more goals in the second half and dropped a 4-2 non-conference women’s soccer decision to the Evergreen State College Geoducks Friday here at the Evergreen Pitch.  

 The Geoducks opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Rayna Murphy fed a ross to the foot of Teresa Lopez, who put it just inside the right post for a 1-0 Evergreen lead.  Anastasia Daniels scored her first goal of the afternoon in the 26th minute on a chip shot from about eight yards out that went over the head of GFU keeper Becka Doyle. 

George Fox scored its first goal in the 32nd minute when Cassady Gardner took advantage of a free kick opportunity and sailed it past Evergreen keeper Lauren Davidson for her first goal of the season.  The Bruins evened things up less than three minutes later as Shannon Olson sprinted down the right side and crossed a shot past Davidson inside the left post.  It was also her first goal.

The teams headed into halftime tied at 2-2.  The stats were also pretty even as Evergreen outshot George Fox only 8-6 in the first 45 minutes. 

The second half however turned out to be all Evergreen, however, as the Geoducks regained the lead in the 62nd minute after Brianna Speed beat Doyle one-on-one for a 3-2 advantage.  Evergreen closed out the scoring minutes later as Daniels gathered the rebound following a saved shot by Deirdre Dornay and put it in from point-blank range in the 69th minute.  With her second goal, Daniels became the first Geoduck since Brianna Speed in 2008 to record a multi-goal game.

Evergreen out-shot the Bruins 10-3 in the second half.  Despite giving up four scores, Doyle was solid in net for GFU, making 10 saves, including seven in the second half.  Davidson had three stops for Evergreen.

NEXT:  George Fox (0-2-2), which has now completed its non-conference schedule, opens Northwest Conference play Wednesday at Pacific University at 7:00 p.m. ... Evergreen (2-2) visits NCAA Division I Eastern Washington University next Fridau at 4:00 p.m.

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