Eastern ties two school records in 4-0 win
The Eastern University Washington women's soccer team tallied its first win of the 2011 season with a 4-0 victory against The Evergreen State College on Friday (Sept. 16) in Cheney, Wash.
With the win, Eastern improved its record to 1-6-0, while the Geoducks dropped to 2-3-0.
The Eagles tied two school records in the match, as senior Whitney Brannan tied the record for most shot attempts in a single game with eight, and the team tied the record for fewest shots allowed by an opponent at four.
Eastern started the first-half scoring spree eight minutes into the match when freshman Cassie Black intercepted a pass and broke away from the defender. The second goal came 16 minutes later on a cross by sophomore Siara Byers to Black, who one-touched it in to the bottom corner. The goal was Blacks fifth of the season - the most on the team.
"I thought we did pretty well," said head coach George Hageage. "We had a lot of opportunities and to be honest, I wish we hit a couple more goals. But in the second half, we started to settle with that 3-0 lead. Give credit to Evergreen, though. They made some second half adjustments which made us work a lot harder."
The game was a physical one, with a total of 19 fouls called.
"I liked how physical the game got because it is good for us," said Hageage. "This is what the Big Sky will be like."
The Eagles outshot the Geoducks 21-4, with nearly half of the shots coming off the foot of Brannan. Hageage loved how his senior captain was taking charge and commended Black for her scoring prowess.
"I loved that Whitney was being aggressive," he said. "She's having a hard time scoring this year, but if you don't shoot you don't score. As for Cassie, she's been doing great. She has a nose for the goal and tends to score in bunches. We're hoping she can score a couple more next week against Idaho."
The Eagles will be back in action on Sunday (Sept. 25) when they travel to Moscow, Idaho to take on the Vandals at 4 p.m.