Ahh.. for the love of soccer

We are a sports family, but we have a soft spot for soccer.  There is nothing better than watching our girl in goal play her heart out and come out victorious.  Yesterday was no exception.  Now granted, NU didn't pull off the win, but they did pull off a 0-0 tie in overtime against the division leaders, Concordia University.  Concordia hasn't seen a tie in over 60 games, and their record over those years was 58-2.  In fact, the fans in Oregon didn't even know what to make of the tie.  They were flocking to the exits before they realized that there would be two 10-minute overtime periods.  The NU girls played with nonstop energy for 110 minutes.  It was amazing.  They were determined and focused and it showed on the field.  Here is the write-up in the Conference paper:

PORTLAND, Ore. – For 110 minutes, Northwest’s defense held against top-ranked Concordia’s offense as the two teams dueled to a scoreless tie in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s soccer action Saturday night at Delta Park.
With the tie, Concordia’s record moves to 13-0-2 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play. Northwest’s record goes to 6-2-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the CCC.
The Eagles’ Jordan Holmes (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Edmonds-Woodway H.S.) earned the shutout against the Cavaliers, with six saves in the contest. Tori Talbutt (Boise, Idaho/Capital H.S.) finished with three saves to earn the shutout for the Cavs.
The first half stats reflected a balance between the two teams, with each compiling five shots. From halftime on, however, it was all defense for Northwest as the Cavaliers outshot the Eagles 12-1 in the second period and 5-0 in the two overtimes. Concordia also held a 9-1 corner kick advantage in the match.
The tie marks the first time in five meetings that Concordia has not defeated Northwest. In their four previous games, the Cavaliers won all four matches by a combined score of 12-0.
Concordia had not posted a tie in a conference match since the 2004 season, when the Cavs tied Evergreen State 0-0 on Sept. 29, in Olympia. The Cavaliers had gone 60 consecutive conference matches without a tie since then, posting a record of 58-2-0 in that stretch.
The Cavaliers twice had shots narrowly miss the net by hitting a part of the goal. Kaitlynn Tebbs (Bend, Ore./Bend H.S.) knocked a shot off the crossbar in the 28th minute of play, and Tahlia O’Loughlin (Boise, Idaho/Borah H.S.) hit one off the left post in the 54th minute.
Concordia returns to action Oct. 23, when the Cavaliers visit Warner Pacific for a conference matchup scheduled for noon in Portland. Northwest travels to Ashland, Ore., for its next contest, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. against Southern Oregon.

It was totally worth the 7 hours of driving to get there.  Here are some game shots:

I love this one with the smile on Jordan's face.  Even in the midst of all the tension and determination, it's obvious to me that this is where she belongs.  It's her goal, her place and her passion.

This is a fun series of pics too - check out how in sync Jordan and her defender are!


Toward the end of the first overtime as the sun was setting - hundreds of ducks came from out of nowhere to cover the sky, it was an amazing site.  I was able to catch the tail end of the it after getting my camera back out:

We couldn't be prouder of Jordan and her team.  They rose to the challenge and held their own against the top team in the division.  They were close, oh so close, to even coming out on top.  Proud of you girls!


Diana said...

This is AWESOME! We live soccer at my house and we love to see a good game--sounds like a great time! Congrats to your girl!

Nicole said...

Fabulous shots, Kim! Congratulations to Jordan and the rest of her teammates for a great game!

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