In a back and forth thriller on a cloudy Sunday in Cheney, the EWU women's soccer team put up their first points of the season and nearly pulled out a win over the visiting Fresno State Bulldogs, losing 3-2 in double overtime.
After an early Bulldog goal in the 13th minute, sophomore Alisha Stott answered in the 40th with a high-arcing cross from the right side just over the reach of Fresno goalie Katie DeVault's fingertips. It was the second goal of Stott's young career.
Eastern peppered the Fresno goal throughout the first half, registering 10 shots to the visitors' three at the end of 45 minutes of play.
The Eagles were the first to draw blood in the second half, thanks to some nice footwork from junior Cassie Black. After receiving a pass from junior Haley Stading, Black dribbled her way past a defender and the sprawling goalie to notch the 15th goal of her career in the 64th minute. Black is three goals away from breaking the EWU record for most goals in a career.
Fresno was able to answer in the 77th minute, however, as a header from Shonice Myers found its way past Eagle keeper Nathalie Schwery. Myers' goal and a stout Fresno defense was enough to push the game into nearly 12 minutes of overtime, when the Bulldogs' Morgan Castain scored her second goal of the day to end the match.
Eastern has a lot on which to build after posting an incredible 18 shots and two goals Sunday, both season highs. Black and Stading led the Eagles with four shots apiece, followed by Katie Cashman, Stott and Jessica Wallace with two. Sheridan Becanic, Siara Byers, Amanda Bliesner and Katy Allen registered one shot each.
EWU travels north to face Idaho this Friday in Moscow.