Greeley, Colo. - A 67th-minute goal by junior Katie Cashman wasn't enough to hold off a pair of late goals by Northern Colorado as Eastern Washington fell to the Bears 2-1 on a chilly Friday night in Greeley.
Both teams played to a scoreless first half despite 10 shots going up between the two teams, three by the Bears and seven by Eastern. None were able to break through in the first 45 minutes, nor were the six attempts seen in the first 21 minutes of the second half prior to Cashman's goal.
The scoreless tie was broken when a Nicole Medeiros shot rebounded back to Cashman at the top of the box. The junior midfielder then fired her shot into the back of the net past Bears goalie Natalie D'Adamio to put Eastern up 1-0.
Unfortunately, Eastern wouldn't hold the lead for long. Cashman and junior Haley Stading both had shot opportunities in the ensuing minutes, but almost 10 minutes after Cashman's score, UNC's Rebecca Lancia took an assist from Tara Rickenback and Juliana Grover and put in a header past EWU goalie Nathalie Schwery.
After junior Cassie Black got one more shot off for the Eagles following Northern's first goal, it was Danielle Birdsall this time for the Bears who scored what would end up being the game-winning goal in the 78th minute from the right side of the box.
Eastern was held without another shot over the game's final 12 minutes. The Eagles ended the game tied with UNC in shots (13), Schwery registered four saves in the loss and Cashman and Black led the team with four shots each and two shots on goal.
Eastern will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to finish out its weekend road trip. They're match against the University of North Dakota is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific time.