Sept. 27, 2006
Tiera Como, a senior goalkeeper from Spokane, Wash., was named Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week and her teammate, junior forward Cyeeta Mott from Sacramento, Calif. was named the offensive player of the week.
The awards came after the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team (2-6-1) upset No. 21 Long Beach State Friday (Sept. 22). This is the first time in Eastern history that the Eagles have had both an offensive and defensive player of the week in the same week.
Como recorded five saves against the 49ers and only gave up one goal in the 2-1 victory. She now sits just two saves away from the school record of 350 set in 1999-2002 by Katie Grothkopp. Como already holds school records for career shutouts (10) and goals against average (1.43).
This week, Como also leads the Big Sky Conference in saves on the season (82) and saves per game (8.89). This is the seventh career defensive player of the week honor for Como, another school record. Como won this award four times last year alone.
Mott earned her second Big Sky offensive player of the week award with her game-winning goal over UCSLB. She scored the goal in the 58th minute when the 49ers goalkeeper missed the ball and Mott dribbled it in for the score. That goal now ties her for first in the Eastern record book with four game-winning goals in her career. This award was also given to her the week of Sept. 21, 2004.
"Obviously this was a huge win for our program," said Eastern head coach George Hageage of their victory over the 49ers. "It is anytime you beat a team that is in the Top 25 and it was the first time we have ever done it. It was a special time, not only for our soccer players but for Eastern. We were really pleased with our efforts. Hopefully we can keep this rolling."