The Eastern Washington women’s soccer program was established in 1997 and became a full-fledged NCAA Division I member prior to the 1998 season. In the year since, EWU has experienced much success, both on and off the pitch.
Jennifer Martin led the Eagles in its first two years as a program, leading Eastern to a fourth-place finish in the conference and a trip to the Big Sky Tournament in 1998. After struggling to find consistency under Martin, current head coach George Hageage was given the reigns to the program prior to the 2000 season. The longest-tenured coach in league history, Hageage has elevated Eastern’s play on the field while fostering an environment of academic achievement.
Hageage led EWU to seven wins in his first season, three more than the Eagles had won in its two previous campaigns combined. He improved the program’s finish in the Big Sky standings in each of his first three seasons, leading Eastern to the Big Sky Tourmament in 2002 after finishing fourth.
Eastern’s 2004 campaigjn saw the squad claim its first-ever Big Sky title after finishing league play with a 4-1-1 mark. The Eagles also finished above .400 for the first time since its inception, concluding its season with a 7-9-2 mark as Hageage earned Big Sky Coach of the Year honors.
The Eagles made the Big Sky Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2005 after finishing in fourth place in the league standings. Goalkeeper Tiera Como became the first player in school history to earn a major award from the Big Sky after being named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. She would earn the award again the following year.
EWU recorded its first-ever winning season in 2007, finishing with an overall record of 9-8-0. The 2007 squad still owns many of the school’s single-season records, including goals (28), points (73), game-winning goals (8) and assists (17).
The Eagles came in second in the Big Sky in 2009, finishing league play with a 4-2-1 mark and earning a trip to the conference tournament for the fourth time in program history. EWU finished above .400 in 2012 for the first time since its 2009 campaign, including going .500 in Big Sky play with a 3-3-3 mark.
While Eastern has experienced success on the playing field, the program also prides itself on the tremendous academic achievements of its student-athletes. Four different players have earned Academic All-District VII recognition, three from ESPN The Magazine and one from CoSIDA. As a team, EWU has claimed 12 consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards, receiving recognition every season since 2001. Nearly 400 student-athletes have earned Big Sky All-Academic honors, proving that Eastern is the ideal place to enjoy athletic and academic success.