Eagles Toppled by Pac-10 Cougars

Oct. 3, 2008

The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team fought against a quality Washington State squad on Friday afternoon (Oct. 3), but fell to the host Cougars by a 3-1 score. An Eastern score by Lauryn Koezler was WSU's first allowed goal at home in nearly 400 minutes.

At the 61:24 mark, a pass from Sara Byrne went to Mandy Cheney, who performed an impressive bicycle kick to Koelzer, who slotted the ball past WSU's goalkeeper. The goal was her fifth of the season, tying her for second all-time in Eagle history and just one off of the school record of six, held by Cyeeta Mott and set last year.

The score was the first one Washington State had allowed at home in 397:57, dating back to the first half of a 2-1 win over eventual national champion USC on Nov. 11, 2007.

The Eagles showed great energy and attacking pressure throughout the first half, balancing taking it to the Cougars with keeping WSU off of the scoreboard for nearly 30 minutes. Each team had five shots apiece at this point.

Unfortunately for EWU (2-6-2), at the 29:49 mark Elysse Van Leer headed in a pass from Jacquelyn Roth to give WSU a 1-0 advantage.

Jocelyn Bement had two outstanding chances in the initial stanza, just missing the net in the sixth minute and seeing the ball go wide in the 28th minute. Goalkeeper Ashley Renz also played well, playing aggressively and dissipating a number of chances before they could become shots.

After the break, Washington State (6-2-3) quickly made it 2-0, when Carly Dobratz headed in a cross from Mallory Fox at the 49:50 mark. The Cougars then kept the pressure on until the Eagles cut the lead in half with an impressive score.

Following the Eastern goal, Washington State gained control right back when Tiara Pittman ran into the box and kicked the ball past the goalkeeper and in the back of the net at the 69:53 mark.

Leading the Eagles in shots today were Bement and Abby Jensen with two apiece, while Renz made five saves.

Eastern Washington will play at Seattle University at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 5). The Redhawks are 5-2-3 so far in 2008.

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