Spokane, Wash. – The Eastern Washington women's soccer team kicked off its 2014 preseason with an exhibition match at local rival Gonzaga Thursday, Aug. 14, falling to the host Bulldogs, 5-1.
First-year head coach Chad Bodnar gave starting nods to five new faces on the night, using the match as a chance to evaluate players in game situations before the regular season begins next week.
"We played like a group that hasn't been together and been in camp only a week," said Bodnar. "Credit to Gonzaga as they looked sharp and like a quality side. We had some young kids that had some big eyes in the first half. Our back line needs some fixing, but there were a few quality individual performances. Overall, we have to get better. We knew that going in and that was evident in the match."
Gonzaga used its wealth of experience to race out to a quick 3-0 halftime advantage before tacking on two more goals early in the second stanza. The Bulldogs started 10 returning letter winners and saw four of their five goals scored by returners.
Gonzaga tallied 16 shots on the night, seven of which were on goal.
The Eagles' final tune-up of the preseason is this Saturday, Aug. 16, when Pac-12 member Washington State visits Cheney. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.