Outstanding offensive contributions from Black hold attention of Big Sky
Cassie Black, a sophomore forward on the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team, is not just scoring goals, but grabbing numerous accolades along the way.
For the third time this season, the Big Sky has named Black its Offensive Player of the Week, announced Tuesday (Oct. 9) by the league office. Black is the only player in the Big Sky this season to repeat as a POTW. She shares the honor this week with sophomore midfielder Allie Simon of Montana.
This honor comes on the heels of Black’s first collegiate career hat trick, which she earned in Eastern’s 4-1 win against Big Sky newcomer North Dakota on Friday (Oct. 5).
After UND notched a goal at the 17 minute mark, Black answered 45 seconds later, off an assist from senior Kasey McNeill.
Black then netted the go-ahead goal twenty minutes into the second half after she controlled a pass from sophomore Haley Stading and sent a shot straight to the back of the net. It was Black’s seventh goal of the season, which busted her freshman year scoring total of six.
At the 81 minute-mark, she again possessed a loose ball in the box and blasted an unassisted shot past the goalkeeper to complete her hat trick. Her performance in that game tied Eastern’s single-game scoring record, held by 2011 graduate Whitney Brannan, who scored three goals in a game against South Dakota State in 2010.
On Sunday (Oct. 7), Black was also solid, contributing 94 minutes of play and three shots in Eastern’s tie with defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado.
With eight goals and two assists, Black currently ranks second in the Big Sky in points with 18 on the season. She leads the Eagles with a .667 on-goal percentage after putting 24 of her 36 season shots on frame.
Black has contributed four game-winning goals this year, which puts her one behind the Big Sky leader, Rachel Strawn from Idaho State, while ranking 18th nationally.
Just a sophomore, Black already ranks third all-time at Eastern for career goals (14) and is fourth in points in the EWU record book.