September 6, 2009

Eagles Outlasted by Gonzaga 2-0

Eastern Washington continues busy schedule with three games this week

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team fell to Gonzaga 2-0 on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6). The visiting Bulldogs were able to score in the fourth and 90th minutes to secure the win over the Eagles.

However, Eastern (1-3) had a good opportunity to score within the first two minutes when a well-timed pass from Whitney Brannan found Brittany Sparks on a run. Sparks settled the ball before shooting it just to the left of the goal.

Gonzaga's first goal came at the 3:08 mark and was the result of a powerful throw-in from Morgan Manchester which found Lori Conrad's head in the box. Conrad's header in traffic found the back of the net and earned Gonzaga a 1-0 lead.

"The first goal was unfortunate because it was something we knew about and had worked on defending," head coach George Hageage said.

In the 63rd minute, Chelsey Hannesson had an opportunity when she found some space in front of her and ran towards the goal before sending a shot from 20 yards out over the bar.

A shot by Mandy Cheney in the 86th minute, which would have tied the game, was tipped by Gonzaga goalkeeper Jessie Thalman to her left and around the post.

The Bulldogs (3-1) scored their second goal at 89:15 when Sarah Rhodes's shot was saved by Eastern's Lisa Dimak, but Jessie Sorenson was right there to put in the rebound. 

"The second goal we were pushing to get an equalizer, and those things happen," Hageage said.

"For the most part, we got the ball into the attacking third a lot today, but we just did not finish with a shot. We are really going to have to start depending on some of our players like Brittany, Whitney, Morgan (O'Friel) and Mandy on the outside to find ways to get shots off.

"There was not much difference in time of possession today. The main difference was that when they got to the attacking third, they got shots off; when we got to the attacking third, we did not."

The Eagles now look ahead to a busy three-game week, which starts with a neutral-site contest versus Eastern Oregon at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 9) in Camas, Wash. The Mountaineers are 0-1 after falling 3-2 to Northwest Nazarene on Aug. 29.

Two days later, Eastern will then play at Cal State Bakersfield (currently 2-3) before playing host to UC Davis (2-0-1) on Sunday (Sept. 13).

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