Eagles Claw Back, Drop Heartbreaker In Overtime At Fresno State In Season Opener
Fresno, Calif. – Senior Cassie Black's goal in the 61st minute evened the score at 1-1 but an unfortunate bounce in overtime saw host Fresno State steal a win as the Eastern Washington women's soccer team fell, 2-1, in its season opener Friday, Aug. 22.
Black's second half strike got EWU the goal it deserved after controlling play for much of the first 45 minutes. Late in the first overtime, a long throw from the sideline deep in Fresno State territory caromed off of a Bulldog player into the path of freshman M'Kenna Hayes, who could do nothing as the ball dribbled into the back of the Eagles' net.
Black scored her 19th career goal in the 61st minute, getting a slight touch on the ball to avoid Fresno State's goalkeeper before slotting it into the bottom left corner.
Eastern outshot the Bulldogs, 10-8, and registered six shots on goal to the host's four. Black led the Eagles with three shots while freshman Chloe Williams got off a pair of attempts. Fresno State's goalkeeper was tested throughout the match, coming up with a number of impressive saves that kept the Bulldogs in the game.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"I thought we played really well. There were stretches in that match where we were the better team. We created a good amount of quality chances and narrowly missed getting a second goal early in overtime. We're improving every day and I'm confident we'll get over the hump sooner rather than later."
* Already Eastern's all-time leading scorer, Black upped her career total to 19 goals in 52 appearances. She also moved to within one point of Brittany Sparks for second on the career points list.
* Seven Eagles registered at least one shot on the night.
* Bodnar gave debuts to eight new players on the night while junior transfer Tasha Luu and freshmen M'Kenna Hayes, Savannah Hoekstra and Chloe Williams all recorded their first collegiate starts.
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EWU concludes its California road trip with a nonconference match at CSU Bakersfield Sunday, Aug. 24. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.