Sept. 5, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team doubled its season goal output on Friday afternoon (Sept. 5), but the tallies were not enough to rally the squad in its home contest with Cal State Bakersfield. A 3-0 Roadrunners lead held up in CSUB’s 3-2 victory.
Cal State Bakersfield (3-2-0) took its commanding advantage by scores from Sarina Coutin, Michelle Martinez and Kassi Massey in the 24th, 42nd and 51st minutes, respectively.
The Eagles were able to get back into the game when Roadrunners goalkeeper Marina Constantinou was issued a red card when she tripped up Lauryn Koelzer on a breakaway. Abby Jensen slotted home the penalty to make it 3-1 with her 73rd-minute score.
Then Koezler scored herself at the 77-minute mark when she slipped the ball past the goalkeeper from 10 yards out. Koelzer had received passes from Chelsey Hannesson and Sara Byrne in advance of the goal, and those two players earned assists on the play.
Unfortunately for Eastern, the Eagles were unable to garner a tying goal.
“We played well for being down 3-0, when it is hard to stay positive,” head coach George Hageage said. “Coming back and scoring two goals in the last 18 minutes is great.”
EWU (0-3-1) was outshot 12-6, but did have more corner kicks than the Roadrunners, 5-4.
“Allowing only 12 shots was a positive, but we had a hard time on offense,” Hageage said. “In the second half, we played direct soccer and created many chances; many we will have to play a direct style of soccer from now on. And we did score two goals in six shots, so we know we can put the ball in the back of the net.”
Eastern Washington will now take on one of the best teams in the country in Missouri, a squad ranked 22nd in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. The game will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 7) in Berkeley, Calif. The Tigers are 1-1-0 and play California on Saturday (Sept. 6).