Eagles Drop 3-0 Decision to Portland State in Big Sky Opener

With loss to Vikings, Eagles concede first point in 2010-11 "Dam Cup" rivalry

The Eastern Washington University soccer team dropped its first match of the 2010 Big Sky season, as the Vikings of Portland State blanked Eastern 3-0 on Friday (Oct. 8) in Hillsboro, Ore. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 0-10-1 on the year and 0-1 in Big Sky action, while PSU improves its record to 5-7-1 and 1-0 in league play. The Vikings also earned the first point in the newly created "Dam Cup" rivalry between Eastern Washington and Portland State.

The Eagles found themselves in the hole early after PSU was awarded a penalty kick at the 10:51 mark. Portland State's Amanda Dutra converted the PK for her second goal of the season. The Vikings then extended their lead in the 31st  minute, off a well-executed play by Mellissa Trammell and Eryn Brown. Trammell sent a strong cross into the box, which Brown was able to slot home to give the Vikings a two-goal advantage going into the half.

After taking only four shots in the first frame, Eastern picked up the intensity in the second, taking eight total shots, three of which were on frame. Midfielder Lauren Jacobsen accounted for four of those, which was a season high for the sophomore.

Despite Eastern's offensive pressure, the Vikings managed to put another one in the back of the net when Trammell scored a header at the 51:58 mark.

The Eagles had a great opportunity to get one of the goals back in the 68th minute, as Jacobsen got a touch on a corner kick sent it by junior Whitney Brannan. But PSU's goalkeeper Lainey Hulsizer was able to make a nifty save to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.

Although the Vikings and Eagles took an equal eight shots in the second period, PSU held the advantage in total chances, as they fired nine in the first frame, compared to four for the Red and White. Portland State also had six more corner kicks than Eastern, while a lopsided 19-8 foul count gave the Vikings a wide array of set play opportunities as well.

"I was pretty disappointed with our effort in the first half," said EWU head coach George Hageage. "We did have to work through some adversity, as a few of our usual players were not on the field due to injury, but we just didn't match the intensity of our opponent."

Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Walker ended the game with six total saves, while freshman Erin Bourguignon and Brannan were the only other Eagles to take multiple shots. Bourguignon tallied three and Brannan had two.

The Eagles will continue conference play on Sunday (Oct. 10) when they take on Sacramento State at 1 p.m. at Hornet Soccer Field.  

 THE DAM CUP - The Eastern Washington University Eagles and the Portland State University Vikings will begin a five-sport rivalry cup called The Dam Cup in 2010-11. The Dam Cup will celebrate the friendly rivalry between the states of Oregon and Washington within the Big Sky Conference. The so-named rivalry refers to the four dams linking Oregon and Washington that one passes on the 339-mile drive from the Portland State campus to the Eastern Washington campus. Located along the Columbia River, they are Bonneville Dam, The Dalles Dam, The John Day Dam and the McNary Dam. The five sports competing for the cup are football, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball. The Dam Cup is based on a point system, with points only rewarded for regular season contests.

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