Eastern outshoots North Dakota State by five, but gives up winning goal with less than seven minutes to go
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team lost to North Dakota State 3-2 in a closely-matched contest that came down to the final minutes Friday (Aug. 24) at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center Soccer Field in Cheney, Wash.
The Eagles outshot the Bison 18-13 and used goals by Kayla Sutter and Alisha Stott to tie the game 2-2. But NDSU scored the game-winning goal in the last six minutes of regulation play when Mary Krambeer passed the ball to teammate Lizzie Lukas just inside the 18 yard line. Lukas broke away from the defense and took an open shot on goal that slid into the bottom left corner.
“We allowed them to dictate the tempo of the game and we had some frantic moments,” said head coach George Hageage. “I was hoping some of our older players would hold the ball and slow the game down, but it never happened. So from that standpoint, it was a little disappointing.”
Early in the game, the Bison capitalized on a scoring opportunity to give them a one point advantage. The first goal came just before the seven minute mark when the ball was crossed in to the goal box by North Dakota State, deflected by the keeper, and snapped into the back of the net by the Bison’s Jaclyn Scanlan.
Eastern answered nine minutes later after a NDSU foul. Sutter’s 35-yard free kick sailed straight through the hands of Bison’s goalkeeper Sierra Bonham to tie the game 1-1.
In the second half, the Bison broke the tie when Scanlan was able to slot the ball through Eastern’s defense to connect with teammate Holly Christian. Christian took an open run on goal to up the score 2-1.
The Eagles did not let it keep them down for long, though. Five minutes later, Eastern’s Alisha Stott took a shot from 25 yards out that went straight over the goalie’s fingertips, tying the score again at 2-2.
Despite the frustrating finish, the Eagles were able to see improvement from their young squad.
“I liked our ability to put pressure on them and we did a really good job of moving the ball,” said Hageage. “We are doing some really good things and we are definitely on the right track. We were just disappointed that our defense split apart a couple times. But those things happen – it was just miscommunication. That is something we will continue to work on and the team will rebound well from this.”
Eastern travels to Seattle University on Sunday (Aug. 26) to take on the Redhawks. The game is scheduled to take place at Championship Field at 1 p.m.