Senior's defensive leadership helps propel Eagles into sole possession of first place
Chelsey Hannesson of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Sky Conference after helping the Eagles to a 1-0-1 week and into sole possession of first place in the league standings just past the midway point of the Big Sky campaign.
On Sunday (Oct. 18), the senior did an outstanding job helping the defensive line hold Sacramento State to just two shots on goal in a 1-0 defeat of the Hornets. That win broke a tie for the top spot that those two teams had shared entering the weekend. She was also pivotal in holding Portland State to just one tally in 110 minutes of action in a 1-1 double-overtime with the Vikings on Friday (Oct. 16).
For the weekend, EWU's defense allowed just that one Portland State goal in 200 minutes of action against two of the top four teams in the league standings. The Eagles are now 3-0-1 in Big Sky play and have a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), the longest in school history. Eastern is 6-6-2 overall.
Hannesson became the second Eagle in as many weeks to earn defensive honors from the league office. Goalkeeper Lisa Dimak was honored a week ago after posting a pair of shutouts in Eastern's first two league games of the season, 1-0 wins over Weber State and Idaho State.
Prior to this impressive two-week run on the award, the last Eagle to earn Defensive POW accolades was Jessica Blessard, who was named Co-POW on Oct. 29, 2007.
Sharing this week's award with Hannesson is Portland State's Toni Carnovale.
Hannesson and the Eagles next play Northern Colorado (4-9-1, 0-4 BSC). That game will kick-off from Greeley, Colo., at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday (Oct. 23). Eastern also plays Northern Arizona in Flagstaff at noon two days later.