September 13, 2006

Eagles Play Nationally-Ranked Opponents

Sept. 13, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - September 15 - at #20 Southern California - 3 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - September 17 - vs Oregon - 1 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - September 22 - vs #23 Long Beach State - 4 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Friday, August 25 - at Northern Illinois - L 4-0
  • W. Soccer - Sunday, August 27 - at DePaul - L 2-0
  • W. Soccer - Saturday, September 2 - at Gonzaga - L 3-0
  • W. Soccer - Sunday, September 3 - vs Birmingham-Southern - W 4-2
  • W. Soccer - Friday, September 8 - vs Boise State - L 4-3 OT
  • W. Soccer - Sunday, September 10 - Nevada (Reno) - T 1-1 2OT

Team Highlights:

  • The schedule for the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team doesn't get any easier as the Eagles play two of the next three games versus nationally-ranked teams. They play at No. 20 Southern California (4-1-1) on Friday (Sept. 15) before returning home for a game against Oregon (2-3-0) on Sunday (Sept. 17) at 1 p.m. This is only the second time Eastern has hosted an opponent from the Pacific 10 Conference. The only other time came in the 2001 season when EWU lost 7-0 to the University of Washington. Eastern is looking for its first win all-time versus the Pac 10, having played league members nine previous times.
  • Following that game, the Eagles host No. 23 Long Beach State (5-1-0) on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. Big Sky Conference play does not start until Oct. 6 for the Eagles when they take on league newcomer Northern Colorado in Cheney.
  • Last week, the Eagles tied unbeaten Nevada 1-1 after two overtime periods. Eastern's only goal in the game came from Shelly Ikerd and was assisted by Tiera Como. Eastern out-shot the Wolfpack 19-13 for the match. After the tie, the Eagles are now 1-4-1 on the season.
  • On Sept. 8, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to Boise State. Midfielder Melissa Guthrie led the Eagles in the game with two goals which tied the game at 3-3 and sent the game into overtime. Eastern held the shots advantage 16-13, but they were unable to get any of those shots off in overtime, as BSU scored to end the game in the sixth minute.
  • The first and lone win for the Eagles came on Sept. 3 when the Eagles defeated Birmingham-Southern 4-2. Four different eagles scored in that game and three other players had assists. Eastern scored all four of their goals in a 25 minute span, and it was just enough to hold off the Panthers.
  • Eastern currently leads the Big Sky in saves, averaging 9.83 per game.

Individual Highlights:

  • After recording nine saves against Nevada, Eagle goalkeeper and returning Big Sky Defender of the Year Tiera Como has 325 saves in her career at Eastern. She is 25 saves behind the school record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. Como also leads the Big Sky in saves with a 9.50 average. She already owns school records for career shutouts (10), and goals against average (1.44).
  • Melissa Guthrie is tied for second in the Big Sky in goals (3) and tied for fourth in goals per game with (.50).

Comments from Head Coach George Hageage.:

  • On Southern California Game: "We're on the road at a top 30 program again. I am hoping that we continue to feed off the success that we had in the last couple of weeks. We just competed and that has just been the catch phrase for the last couple of weeks -- just compete. Compete for everything. And that is what we are hoping to do at USC."
  • On Hosting Oregon on Sunday: "It is great for us to have another Pac 10 team come to Cheney -- it has been awhile. We are really looking forward to hosting Oregon and it will be great for our program. You know it is Pac 10 so it is going to be another challenge."
  • On 1-1 Tie Versus Nevada: "I thought we played a great game. Nevada was a team that was undefeated and had just beaten Washington State. I think from where we started the season -- Northern Illinois to Nevada -- we have improved tremendously. And it is all because we are willing to play a good brand of soccer. We are pushing forward and we are trying to get shots. I thought we played really well and we out-played them. It was unfortunate it ended up in a tie."
  • On Como Nearing Career Saves Record: "I don't know if I like that. The good thing is that along with her saves she has had a pretty good save percentage and has had a number of shutouts. So I guess we don't mind it too much. She is an excellent keeper and she will definitely break that record. She will hold a number of records by the time she is done this season."
  • On Long Beach State Game: "Long Beach State is now ranked and they weren't when we scheduled them. So, wow, we are playing a lot of ranked teams. But I think it is great for our program to get that kind of exposure. I know the players enjoy playing teams that are ranked. It is another challenge for us so we look forward to it."

 

Links:

  • EWU Women's Soccer Information - http://www.ewu.edu/wsindex
  • Big Sky Conference Women's Soccer - http://www.bigskyconf.com/sport_front.asp?sportid=106
  • NCAA Women's Soccer - http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/womens/
  • Soccer Buzz Top 25 Rankings - http://www.soccerbuzz.com/
  • NSCAA/Adidas Top 25 Coaches Poll - http://www.nscaa.com/cr.php
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