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Carly Cooper scores
Carly Cooper scores. 

The rain came. The rain stayed. It rained so hard that the artificial surface forced a game relocation.

Despite the weather, the Green River women's soccer team (5-3-2 overall) kept their focus Friday and Saturday earning two shutout victories over Wenatchee Valley and Yakima Valley.

In the first game, two first half goals by Carly Cooper and Anna Merrell were all the team needed to earn a victory. 

Then on Saturday the game was forced to move to Game Farm Park in Auburn when the Wilson Playfield turf lifted and separated due to the torrential rains. Under the lights and a steady rain, it was obvious that the contest would be decided by one great play. Fortunately that play came in the second half by Green River's Monica Whitfield, who took a one-on-one opportunity against the Yakima Valley goalkeeper and blasted the ball to the back of the net. Defensively, the Gators earned their sixth shutout of the season.  

Anna Merrell scores
Anna Merrell scores.

Volleyball team opens league play with split

The Green River Volleyball team (8-7 overall) opened the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges league play this week with a road loss at Lower Columbia College, followed by a home victory against Grays Harbor College.

Freshman Alison Hepworth led the team with 15 kills during Friday's game against the Grays Harbor College Chokers. Captain Lisa Demick added nine kills to her 14 digs as the team won 25-16, 25-23, 25-14. Next up for the Gators is a home match against Centralia College on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

Cross-country team sloshes through Saint Martin's race

Embracing the 8K deluge facing them on Saturday, the Green River Harriers competed in the Saint Martin's University invitational on a soggy Saturday morning.

The men's team raced well, defeating Olympic College, the only other cross-country squad in the field. The team also had the opportunity to show their skills against four-year institutions such as Southern Methodist University, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Seattle Pacific University.

Freshman Alex Rhome continues to set the pace for Green River as his 27:50 time was good enough for 11th place. Former Gator great Joe Berger dominated the race for Saint Martin's with a time of 26:30 - 22 seconds ahead of the second-fastest runner. For the women, Oksana Carlson finished the 6K course in 21st place with a time of 26:49.