Pair of shutouts helps Eagles get off to best Big Sky start in school history
Lisa Dimak of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week after the goalkeeper posted a pair of shutouts to help the Eagles to a 2-0 Big Sky record, its best start ever.
Most notably was a save she had in the 78th minute of a 1-0 road win over Weber State on Thursday (Oct. 8). That kept the Wildcats out of the net, and the Eagles earned their first of 1-0 victories that day. It also marked Eastern's first win in eight tries over the Wildcats in Ogden, Utah.
Three days after that, she helped blank Idaho State in another 1-0 win. Prior to starting this year 2-0 in Big Sky play, the previous best league starts in school history were 1-0-1 marks, accomplished in 2004 and 2005.
For the week, Dimak faced 38 shots and had 11 saves. She also helped organize a defensive effort that kept Idaho State to just one shot on goal on Sunday (Oct. 11).
Overall, the Eagles have won three straight games, tying a school record that was set in 2002 before being tied in 2004 and 2007. Currently, the Eagles possess a 5-6-1 overall mark.
The award is the first for Dimak. The last Eagle to earn Defensive POW accolades was Jessica Blessard, who was named Co-POW on Oct. 29, 2007.
She and the Eagles will play their final two regular-season home games of 2009 this weekend. First up will be Portland State (7-6-1, 1-1 BSC) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 16), before Sacramento State (7-3-3, 2-0 BSC) pays a visit at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 18). Entering the week, the Eagles and Hornets are tied for first place.