October 25, 2009

Eagles Drop 4-2 Decision to NAU

Sparks ties career goal-scoring record on disappointing day for Eagles

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team finished up a disappointing road trip with a 4-2 loss to Northern Arizona on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 25), dropping to 3-2-1 in Big Sky play, 6-8-1 overall. Earning the Eagles a 1-0 advantage today was Brittany Sparks - her goal, the 14th of her career, tied the school record for career scores.

The Eagles took 1-0 and 2-1 leads in today's games only to see the Lumberjacks rally each time to tie the score before taking a 3-2 halftime advantage in a high-scoring first 45 minutes of play. NAU then added a 48th-minute score to provide the last tally of the game.

Sparks' goal not only tied Cyeeta Mott's school record (2004-07), but also extended Sparks' single-season mark to 11. Coming into this season, the former single-season record had been seven. Thirty minutes into today's game, Sparks chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and then tapped it into the empty goal.

After the Lumberjacks (9-7-1) quickly tied it four minutes later with a score by Ashley Marrapode, Lauren Jacobsen recorded her second goal of the season just four minutes after that, earning Eastern a 2-1 advantage. On Jacobsen's score, she dribbled it past a defender before lofting it over the goalkeeper.

Unfortunately for the Eagles that would be the team's last score of the day, as Northern Arizona then proceeded to tally three unanswered goals. A Brenna Boies goal tied the game 2-2 in the 40th minute, while Kristi Andreassen and Carolyn Savage provided the winning margins in the game in the 45th and 48th minutes, respectively.

Incredibly, all six goals today were scored in an 18-minute span.

Eastern Washington now looks ahead to its final regular-season game of the season at Montana. Kick-off time is slated for 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday (Oct. 30).

"This was a really tough road trip," head coach George Hageage said. "Now we are going to regroup and get ready for Friday."

The Eagles still hold a slim chance of playing host to the Big Sky Championship, but that would only occur if EWU defeats Montana, Sacramento State knocks off Portland State, and Northern Colorado outscores Northern Arizona this coming weekend. 

However, EWU is still fighting to simply earn a spot in the four-team event. Heading into the final game of the regular season, Portland State leads the way at 4-1-1, followed by NAU (4-2), the Eagles (3-2-1), Sacramento State (3-2-1), Idaho State (3-3), Montana (2-3-1), Weber State (2-4) and Northern Colorado (1-5).

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