Eastern's strong effort in exhibition match not enough to get past Cougars
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team fought hard in their preseason exhibition match against in-state rival Washington State, but the Eagles came up short agaisnt a talented Cougar team. Eastern dropped the match, 2-0, on Friday (Aug. 17) at the Lower Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.
The Eagles had two good looks at goal early in the game, but failed to put one on frame.
Washington State, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Cup in 2011, recorded 18 total shots. The Cougars only managed to convert two of them though, both in the first half.
The first goal came in the 32nd minute from WSU's Beau Bremer, who found the back of the net off a free kick taken by teammate Brandi Vega. Bremer then teamed up with Korynn Blanksma in the 43rd minute for the Cougars' second goal, when she sent a cross into the box that Blanksma put home.
The Eagles were not discouraged and came back out on the field ready to play in the second half, and kept the Cougars scoreless the rest of the game.
Eastern goalkeepers, Jamie Walker and Nathalie Schwery, split time in the goal, each recording 45 minutes of play. Walker collected four saves in the first half and Schwery totaled three in the second, as they fought to ward off the strong Cougar attack.
Eastern will officially open the season next Friday (Aug. 24) at home against North Dakota State. Kickoff from the EWU Sports and Recreation Soccer Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.