Eastern Washington now heads to central California to take on Cal State Bakersfield
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team defeated Eastern Oregon 3-0 on Wednesday evening (Sept. 9) in a game that took place in Camas, Wash.
Whitney Brannan scored two goals, doubling her career total and tying the school record for scores in a game, which has been reached 12 times. She now has three goals this year after scoring in the season finale of 2008, a 3-2 overtime win over Montana.
However, Brittany Sparks was the first to get the Eagles on the scoreboard tonight. Her score was her third of the campaign, especially impressive considering the junior entered the season with three career goals and now has three more just five games into 2009.
To get on the scoreboard, Sparks intercepted a pass 30 yards from goal, beat a defender and slotted it past the goalkeeper from 12 yards out. The score came in the 26th minute.
Brannan's first goal came just four minutes later, in the 30th minute. Katy Sloyer crossed the ball from the right and Melissa von der Hofen flicked it to Brannan, who scored from 17 yards.
The final goal of the evening came in the 51st minute when Morgan O'Friel, on the left, crossed the ball into the box and Brannan one-touched it into the back of the net from 18 yards out. That score came in the 51st minute.
"I thought our players did what we had to do against a really scrappy team," head coach George Hageage said. "After Sara (Byrne) went out with a (rib) injury midway through the first half, we started possessing the ball better, moving it around faster.
"We were also able to get a lot of younger players in tonight and were able to rest players who needed to rest."
Eastern has now scored a total of nine goals this year, already more than half of last year's final total of 16. In fact, the Eagles have scored multiple goals in three games in 2009, a feat that was achieved that many times in all of 2008.
For the game, the Eagles (2-3) outshot the Mountaineers (0-2) by a 22-4 count.
"Although I was not happy with our shot total - felt we could have attacked a little more - I'll take three goals and a shutout, only allowing four shots, any day," Hageage said.
Eastern Washington now looks ahead to a road game versus Cal State Bakersfield. That contest will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 11). The Roadrunners are 3-3, most recently beating Cal Poly 2-1 and falling to UC Davis 5-0.