Eastern Gains Experience In Exhibition At Gonzaga

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.

Freshman Chloe Williams scored EWU's first goal of the preseason, converting a pass from sophomore Ua Ruedy in the 63rd minute.

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.

The Eagles finished the night with five shots as both senior Cassie Black and freshman Kiana Hafferty each notched a pair of attempts.

Gonzaga tallied 16 shots on the night, seven of which were on goal.

Senior Nathalie Schwery started the game in goal for EWU, playing the first 45 minutes before junior Aiko Johnson entered the game at halftime.

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.

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