Eastern unable to shut down Seattle in scoring blitz
After holding off the Redhawks for 65 minutes, the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team let a goal slip past that led to a 3-0 defeat for the Eagles on Sunday (Aug. 26) at Championship Field in Seattle, Wash.
Seattle’s Taylor Ritzman recorded an uninterrupted hat-trick, claiming all three goals against the red and white. The final goal of the game came in the last seven minutes of play when Ritzman took a run on goal, assisted by fellow Redhawks Chelsea Jennings and Shawna Anderson, and found an open shot to seal Seattle’s 3-0 victory.
When the first half ended, both teams remained scoreless. The Redhawks had 10 shots to Eastern’s three, but were not able to finish any of their scoring attempts, thanks to two solid saves by Eagle goalkeeper, Jamie Walker.
“The first half was really well fought,” said Hageage. “We played with intensity, moved the ball forward, and connected some really good passes. We were also able to control the majority of possession going into the second half of the game.”
Ritzman was able to take advantage of a slight breakdown in Eastern’s communication when she scored her first two goals of the match on back-to-back plays. The first goal of the game came from Ritzman 20 minutes into the second half when teammate Monique Escalera fed her a ball over the back line of defense. One minute later, Ritzman broke through again off a second assist from Escalera and found the back of the net to up the score 2-0.
“We lost a little focus and we were punished for it,” said Hageage. “The box score is not indicative of how well we really played, though. We bounced back well from our last game and as far as this being our second season game, I am happy with where we are.”
Eastern will travel to U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado on Friday (Aug. 31) to face Air Force at Cadet Soccer Stadium at 3:30 p.m.