FARGO, N.D. - With the ball bouncing and flying high off the artificial turf at the Ellig Sports Complex in Fargo, N.D., the EWU women's soccer team played a fast-paced game against the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Cougars, but were unable to come out with a win. After a hard-fought double-overtime game, SIUE prevailed 2-1 to end the first game of the Doublewood Inn Classic.
Junior Katie Cashman scored the only goal for the Eagles in the 34th minute. Cashman took a pass from teammate Nicole Medeiros and was able to put her shot over the head of the keeper, who had boldly come out of the goal to defend. The ball then bounced slowly into the net to put EWU up 1-0.
The game-ender came just 78 seconds into the second overtime period, when SIUE's Kayla Delgado received a pass from Sarah Doggendorf, then fired a shot from the right side of the field over EWU's Nathalie Schwery and into the back of the net.
The first goal for the Cougars came when Tory Pitts made an unassisted shot from the left side more than 25 yards away, where it sailed over the head of Schwery into the goal's back right corner.
Junior midfielder Haley Stading led the Eagles with three shots, two of which were on goal. The rest of Eastern's seven shots came from Cashman, Medeiros, Alisha Stott and Sheridan Becanic. Stading and Cashman were the only Eagles to register shots on goal.
Eastern has a day to rest and rejuvenate before taking on tournament host North Dakota State Sunday at 2 p.m. Central time.