Oct. 2, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team will play on the road against the University of Idaho at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 7). The Eagles are 4-4 and off to their best start in school history.
The Eagles lost to the University of Washington 2-1 on Friday (Sept. 28). Junior Abby Jensen scored just 12 yards out to the left post in the 35th minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Huskies then came back with two goals of their own in the 84th and 85th minutes.
"They were surprised with our pace and our ability to hold the ball, and I don't think they were ready for it," said Eagle coach George Hageage. "Cyeeta (Mott) tore them up and she was one of the most explosive players we have had for sure. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to score a goal. She was definitely a factor and very easily we could have been up 3-0.
Eastern then headed down to play San Jose State, a team it had never seen before. The Eagles defeated San Jose State 3-2. After SJSU went up 2-0 the Eagles then came back off a penalty kick from Jensen to give the Eagles their first goal of the game. Then Jensen answered again with a goal to tie the game 2-2.
Senior Cyeeta Mott tied the school record for career goals with 11 when she scored her game-winning goal in the 83rd minute with the assist coming from freshman Lauren Koelzer. She tied Jennie Summers (2002-05) for that record and now holds the records for career points at 27 to break Summers' 26 and for game-winning goals with five. She shared that record with Beth Russell (2002-05) and Summers.
"It was a good comeback," added Hageage. "Their stadium is really small. We play on the football field basically. It is a very short, narrow field, and the system of play we like wasn't appropriate for that field. We tried it in the first half, got down a goal at half time, then they scored early in the second and we switched up to a more direct style for that field. Abby played great."
Idaho is now 5-6 on the season. The Vandals will play 23rd ranked Washington State Friday (Oct. 5) in Moscow, Idaho.
"They are having a pretty decent season. They are able to score a little bit and they are a little bit more athletic," commented Hageage. "It should be a good game."
Junior Abby Jensen was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1.
The University of Washington defeated Eastern 2-1 Friday (Sept. 28). Eagles had the lead going into halftime 1-0 by junior Abby Jensen. The Huskies then struck back with two goals of their own.
The visiting Eagles beat San Jose State 3-2 Sunday (Sept. 30). The goals came from junior Abby Jensen who scored twice and the other from senior Cyeeta Mott and the assist coming from freshman Lauren Kolezer.
The Eagles beat Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 at home Friday (Sept. 14). Chelsey Hannesson had the only goal in the 86th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Eastern lost to Boise State 3-1 Sept. 16 in Boise, Idaho. The only goal for the Eagles was in the fourth minute by Cyeeta Mott.
The Eagles played at the NAU Mountain Classic against Lamar University on Aug. 31 and won 5-0 to start the 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.
The Eagles held a soccer camp Sept. 19 to raise money for South Pines Elementary School. The clinic was hosted by the EWU coaching staff and players after practice for two hours.
On Abby Jensen Named Offensive Player of the Week: "Three goals in two games is hard to beat," said head coach George Hageage. "Unfortunately it wasn't the game-winning goal against Washington."
On Beating Utah State 2-1: "We played really well the first 15 minutes of the game," added Hageage. "We matched up real well with them. We used the outside midfielders a lot and started to attack."
On Playing Against Boise State: "We silenced the crowd really quick but were never really able to put some our other shots away and that kind of cost us," said Hageage. "We played well enough to win and credit Boise State on its 3-1 win, because they capitalized on their chances and we just didn't finish some of ours. In terms of the overall game, we played well enough to win that one, and that is what makes it so disappointing."
On Competing Against Cal State Bakersfield With a 1-0 Win: "In one of their scouting reports it says they were going to be weak over the top of the goalkeeper," said Hageage. "So that is something we tried to do, and we are really happy Chelsey (Hannesson) put it on frame from 25 yards out. That shot is actually something we have been working on. That was her second this year. So anything within that kind of range, we are really trying to pound those free kicks in, because obviously she has that kind of range."
On the 2-0 Loss Against Gonzaga: "My worry with Gonzaga was they were going to come out strong," said 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 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 started classes on Sept. 26), then I think you will see a lot of people showing up for that game," said Hageage.
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 (a 5-0 win over Lamar)."
On how EWU played in its first game: "It is always a struggle to come off (1-0)," said Hageage. "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."