CALDWELL, ID—(GoGeoducks.com) It was a tale of two halves (if you look only at the score line), or perhaps it was a one-third/two-thirds kind of thing.Either way, “it” was a 2-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s soccer victory for The Evergreen State College over the host College of Idaho Coyotes on Friday afternoon at Simplot Stadium.
With the victory, the Geoducks (8-0-3 overall, 7-0-3 CCC) remain unbeaten during the 2016 season. The Goeducks are chasing Rocky Mountain College (Billings, MT) for the conference lead.
2016 CCC Men’s Soccer Standings
|College of Idaho||3-7||.300||4-9||.308||0-5||4-4||0-0||L2|
College of Idaho (4-9-0, 3-7-0) was the dominant team in the early going – at least through the opening 30 minutes – and nearly went on top in the 10th minute except for a clearance off the line by defender Cristantos Chavez. The ‘Yotes were rewarded with the opening goal from Joao Cardoso, his third of the season, at 27:53. By that point, the host Coyotes had a 9-4 advantage in shots and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
From that point on, however, the Geoducks started to take over and dominated the final two-thirds of the match. By the end of the half, College of Idaho still had the statistical lead, but it was much narrower with shots at 11-8 and corner kicks at 3-2, both in the ‘Yotes’ favor.
Evergreen bossed the second half, dominating with 11 shots and seven corner kicks to just one shot and zero corners for the Coyotes. College of Idaho rarely had possession in its attacking half, while the Geoducks were laying siege to the ‘Yotes goal.
The Geoducks got the equalizing goal in the early part of the final period. The score came at 47:34 when Miguel Viramontes picked up a loose ball at the top of the box following a corner kick, spun to get the ball on his left foot, and then blasted the ball into the back of the net.
The visitors mounted the pressure and finally got the go-ahead score at 80:41 when Ryan Porch ran onto a Crisantos Chavez through ball and slotted past Coyotes keeper Grant Billings and into the far side of the goal.
The final score line not only favored the Geoducks, the final statistics did the same. Evergreen ended up with a 19-12 lead in shots and they came out on top in corner kicks, 9-3.
Thomas Clark and Ben Stevenson shared time in goal, Clark starting the contest and finishing with three saves and Stevenson getting one save and the victory for his 45 minutes of work. Billings came up with three saves in goal for the Coyotes.
“After beginning under strong pressure from the ‘Yotes, we settled in and began to establish control of the game,” Evergreen assistant coach Ray Finn said. “An early second half strike by Miguel inspired the lads and a sweet through ball from Crisantos put Ryan in for the winner. Overall, it was a great team win on the road.”
Following a 635-mile bus ride from Caldwell to Billings, Mont., the Geoducks will face defending conference champion Rocky Mountain to determine the league leadership entering the final week of conference action. That match is slated to start at noon (MDT) on Sunday.