HELENA, MT—Killian Burris scored twice in the first 13 minutes and Ben Stevenson stopped 11 Carroll College shots on Saturday to lead The Evergreen State College to a 3-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s soccer victory at Nelson Stadium.
While the Saints (7-7-0 overall, 5-6-0 CCC) enjoyed a statistical edge – 22-8 in total shots, including 12-6 in shots on goal, and 5-1 in corner kicks – it was the Geoducks (6-4-4, 5-3-3) who found the back of the net three times.
Burris, the team’s second leading scorer, added his fifth and sixth of his freshman season to get the Geoducks off to a great start. His first tally came at 9:08 and was unassisted, and he followed that at the 12:44 mark, heading home from Angel Trejo-Delgado’s free kick.
The home team cut its deficit in half at 22:27 when Jose Mena scored his fourth of the season, but Evergreen regained its two-goal advantage at 42:06 on Shina Aborowa’s second goal in as many matches.
Through the first 45 minutes the Saints had put nine of their 13 shots on target, but Evergreen goalkeeper Ben Stevenson was up to the task with eight saves.
Neither team scored in the second half, though all three of Evergreen’s attempts in the period forced saves from Carroll keeper Bernhardt Di Cino. The Evergreen defense did a better job of limiting Carroll’s looks at goal as only thee of the Saints’ nine second-half efforts was on frame.
Burris was the only Geoducks player with more than one shot in the match, and he put all three of his attempts on target.
The Geoducks are in fifth place in the conference standings with 18 points and still have some work to do in order to be assured of advancing to the eight-team conference postseason tournament. To that end, they host Rocky Mountain on Friday, Oct. 27, and College of Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 28, with both matches slated for a 2:30 p.m. start at Capital High School.