September 17, 2012

Eastern Hosts Weber State and Idaho State in Big Sky Conference Openers

Riding a three-game winning streak, Eagles prepare for conference debut

Upcoming Games/Coverage

EWU vs. Weber State
Friday, Sept. 21 | 4 p.m. PST
EWU Sports & Recreation Center Soccer Field | Cheney, Wash.
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EWU vs. Idaho State
Sunday, Sept. 23 | 11 a.m. PST
EWU Sports & Recreation Center Soccer Field | Cheney, Wash.
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With momentum from three-straight wins, the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team is in a good place headed into conference play.

The Eagles kickoff Big Sky competition this Friday (Sept. 21) at 4 p.m. against Weber State at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center Soccer Field in Cheney, Wash. Conference action continues on Sunday (Sept. 23), when the Eagles take on Idaho State at 11 a.m.  

Eastern’s recent success stems from strong performances by sophomores Cassie Black and Haley Stading. In the team's last three wins, the two players have accounted for five of Eastern's six goals. Black recorded two goals in the win against Boise State and one in each of Eastern's home games against Idaho and Hawai'i. Stading assisted Black's two most recent goals, while adding one of her own against Idaho. On the season, she has a .583 on goal percentage with 13 of her 17 attempts falling on frame. 

Unlike Eastern, Weber State comes in on a two-game losing streak, suffering a recent 3-2 overtime loss to Nevada and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of UC Santa Barbara. Overall, the Wildcats hold a 2-7 record this season. They defeated New Mexico State 4-1 and Utah Valley 1-0 for the two season wins.

Freshman forward Mackenzie Harrison leads WSU in 2012 with two goals and 25 shots, putting 13 on goal.

Last year, the red and white dealt the Wildcats a 3-0 loss for Eastern’s only conference win of the 2011 season. The Eagles have actually proved victorious against Weber State in their past three matchups, but the all-time record still stands in favor of the Wildcats at 11-5.

In 2011, Idaho State defeated Eastern 2-1 in Pocatello, but in 2010, Eastern earned a 2-0 win in Cheney, Wash. In fact, since 2006, the record between these two teams stands at 3-3-1, with the advantage always falling to the home team. The Eagles will look to keep that trend alive this weekend on their home field.

The Bengals are 5-3-1 this season and have seen several teams the Eagles already battled in 2012. ISU earned its first win of the year against North Dakota State, 3-2, in overtime. It also defeated Idaho 2-0. However, when ISU faced Boise State, it was edged out by the Broncos in overtime, 3-2 – a contest Eastern controlled to a solid 3-1 win.

Before traveling to Cheney, Wash., ISU will begin conference play against defending Big Sky tournament champion Montana.

The Bengals are lead by senior forward Rachel Strawn, who has recorded six goals, one assist, and 20 shots with 13 on goal.

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