Sept. 11, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team plays at home against Cal State Bakersfield at 4 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 14) and on the road against Boise State at noon PT on Sunday (Sept. 16).
This is the Roadrunners' first year as a member of Division I. Eastern and CSUB have never met.
"We don't know a lot about Bakersfield, but they are a southern California team," said head Eagles coach George Hageage. "Some of the best soccer is in California. We expect them to be a good team, plain and simple. If we can come out hard, we give ourselves the best chance of winning."
The Eagles come into the game 1-2-0, while the Roadrunners are 1-3.
Eastern lost to the Broncos at home 4-3 in double overtime on Sept. 8, 2006. The Eagles have never beaten Boise State, only tying them back in 2005 on the Broncos' field.
The Eagles are 0-7-1 against Boise State and have played the Broncos every year since 2001.
"The Boise State game is always close," added Hageage. "It just hasn't fallen our way.
We know what to expect from them. They are going to come out hard, they like to possess the ball a little bit and they have people that can score goals. So what it really comes down to is can we put together a really good 90 minutes. If we can, I am going to be confident with what we are doing."
The Eagles lost to the Bulldogs 2-0 in Cheney, Wash., Sunday, Sept. 9. Both goals came in the first half by Lauren Zuckerman (18th minute) and Nanda McCormick (35th minute) with assists by Kelsey Goddard.
Cyeeta Mott is closing in on four school records with nine goals, five assists, 23 points and 90 shots in her career. The current record of 11 goals is held by Jennie Summers (2002-05). Beth Russell (2002-05) compiled seven assists in her career, and Summers currently holds the point record of 26. Russell is also the shots record holder with 122.
She currently shares the record for game-winning goals at four with Beth Rusell (2002-05) and Jennie Summers (2002-05).
"Cyeeta is playing great, and I hope this will keep up. I think she is the fittest she has ever been, and she really deserved a couple of goals against Lamar and was unlucky," said Eagle head coach George Hageage. "Right know for sure, Cyeeta Mott is the team leader on the field."
The Eagles played at the NAU Mountain Classic against Lamar University on Aug. 31 and won 5-0. Eastern started its season 1-0 for the first time in school history. It was only the second time EWU had ever scored five goals in a game. The last time was back on Oct. 11, 1997, in a 6-0 win over Carroll College. That was the inaugural year of EWU's soccer program.
On Playing Gonzaga: "My worry with Gonzaga was they were going to come out strong," said Eagles head coach George Hageage. "Since the Bulldogs are a good team and they had already lost two games, we knew if they put pressure on us, we might be in for a long day. We couldn't handle it right off the bat real well, and that is the unfortunate part."
On the Second Half Improvement Against Gonzaga: "We are going to take from that and grow from it," added Hageage. "What we showed in the second half is we could play, and that is encouraging. We haven't done that in a couple of years, actually tried to play with Gonzaga. We didn't alter our tactics at all, and I couldn't say that at all the last two years. This year we decided to play them pretty much straight up, take our best shot and they take their best shot. Unfortunately, the first half was their best shot and they ended up having two go in."
On Having 204 Fans at the Gonzaga Game: "Eastern typically has a good following wherever we play Gonzaga because they travel well, being a local rival," commented Hageage.
On Possibly Pushing Back the Game Against the Bulldogs: "It is really hard for both of us to do with our conferences' schedules, but if we could push the game back so we are both in school (Eastern starts classes on Sept. 26), then I think you will see a lot of people showing up for that game."
On starting season off 1-0: "It was a good game for us," said Hageage. "We got a lot of things accomplished. It was definitely a good game to start off with (5-0 win over Lamar)."
On how EWU played in the beginning: "Normally we are playing a Pac-10 team or top-50, top-100 team, in the beginning," said Hageage. "It is always a struggle to come off (1-0). But I think the other thing that helped us out was being on our own wide field for preseason, because we were able to use width. We looked ready for the game in terms of using the whole field. I think that helped out quite a bit."
On how Eastern played against Temple University: "It is a big difference between conference and non conference," answered Hageage. "We battled real well statistically; it was pretty even. It was one of those unfortunate things. We gave them opportunities that were softer and we need to clean that up."