October 24, 2008

Eagles Play Well in Second Half, Fall to NAU

Oct. 24, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was defeated by Northern Arizona 1-0 on Friday afternoon (Oct. 24) in a Big Sky Conference game in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles did, however, respond well to the 1-0 deficit, playing at a high level in the second half and creating several near misses.  

The Eagles had some especially dramatic moments late in the game. At the 85:15 mark, goalkeeper Ashley Renz dove to her left to knock a penalty kick try from Jenna Samora away and keep Eastern Washington down by the narrow 1-0 margin.

Then, in the 87th minute, free-kick specialist Chelsey Hannesson shot hard from 25 yards out and forced Lumberjack goalkeeper Tori Rocke to make a save.

Eastern Washington (2-11-3, 0-4-1 BSC) as a whole played a lot better in the second half, taking 15 of the half's 25 shots, responding well to NAU's (9-6-2, 3-1-1 BSC) domination of the first half, which saw the Lumberjacks earn a 13-5 shot advantage.

"I think we battled back well the second half and controlled a lot of the play, especially in the middle part of the second half," head coach George Hageage said. "I am really happy with the players. They did not give up, and that shows what type of team and program we have."

Kirsten Fausko played especially well, as she had five of her six shots in the game during the second half. One went off of the cross bar in the 46th minute, while another went just wide left of the goal in the 50th minute.

Abby Jensen had four shots in the game, while a trio of Eagles contributed two shots apiece: Sara Byrne, Brittany Sparks and Hannesson.

Northern Arizona scored its goal at the 26:34 mark, when Cee Cee Odorfer tallied her Big Sky Conference-leading ninth goal of the season. She took a long pass from Sam Monahan and went on a breakaway and beat Renz one-on-one.

"We were unlucky that the ball got over the top of us," Hageage said. "Ashley (Renz) was playing a little far back, and Cee Cee ran it down, and you have to give her credit. It was an easy goal for her; she is a very good player."

The Eagles play host to Northern Colorado at 11 a.m. on Sunday (Oct. 26). The Bears lost to Montana on the road 3-2 on Friday to fall to 7-11-0, 2-3-0 in Big Sky games.

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