Aug. 29, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team made a dramatic improvement over its season-opening 4-0 loss to Boise State with a hard-fought 1-1 double-overtime tie with Louisiana-Lafayette. The contest was played on Friday afternoon (Aug. 29) as part of the Miner Classic in El Paso, Texas.
The Eagles went ahead in the 31st minute when April Coffin blocked UL’s clearing attempt, chased down the loose ball and tapped it into the empty net. The goal was the freshman’s first in just her second game played at the collegiate level. It was her first shot as an Eagle.
The Ragin’ Cajuns knotted the score in the 71st minute when Heather Fuller’s shot went off the post right to teammate Kelli Jestes, who passed the ball right back to an open Fuller for the goal.
The statistical breakdown was even today, as well. The Ragin’ Cajuns held the shot advantage 19-16, while the teams had seven saves apiece. Other than Coffin, Jocelyn Bement showed the most offense today, as she had four shots, two on goal. She and Lauryn Koelzer hit the post at times during the game.
“We played better then we did at Boise, which was our goal – to continue to get better,” head coach George Hageage said. “We linked passes together and created opportunities. One good thing that happened was that when they scored to tie it, we kept fighting. Today was a step in the right direction.”
The Eagles aim to keep moving in that direction on Sunday (Aug. 31) in its final match of the tournament. Eastern Washington will face Texas State at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The Bobcats started their season 1-0-0 with a 3-0 win over St. Mary’s (Texas) and face the host UTEP Miners on Friday before taking on the Eagles.