League Newcomer Travels to Cheney to Open Big Sky Play Friday

Oct. 4, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Friday October 6 - *Northern Colorado - 4 p.m.
  • W. Soccer -Sunday October 8 - *Northern Arizona - 12 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - October 3 - Idaho - W 2-1
  • W. Soccer - September 30 - at Utah State - L 1-0
  • W. Soccer- September 28 - at Utah Valley State - W 1-0 OT

Team Highlights:

  • After going 2-1 in the last week, the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team will open Big Sky Conference play at home Friday (Oct. 6) at 4 p.m. against league newcomer Northern Colorado (4-7-0). Eastern will then host Northern Arizona (5-6-0) Sunday (Oct. 8) at noon.
  • With a 4-7-1 record, the Eagles have a win percentage of .375 and are currently in sixth place entering conference play just 2 1/2 games back of Montana. The Grizzlies have the best non-conference record at 6-5-0, followed by Weber State (5-4-2), Sacramento State (6-5-1), Northern Arizona, and Idaho State (4-6-0). Northern Colorado is seventh behind Eastern and Portland State is currently eighth at 0-10-1.
  • Northern Arizona, who lost in the Big Sky Championship game a year ago, was picked to win the conference in the pre-season voting by the conference coaches. Weber State was picked to finish second and has won the past two conference championships. Sacramento State was picked third, followed by Montana, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Idaho State and Northern Colorado.
  • With four wins as of Oct. 4, the Eagles have the third most wins in Eastern history. The season record for Eastern is seven, which the Eagles accomplished in 2004, 2002 and 2000. In 1995 Eastern won five games.
  • In their last non-conference match of the season on Oct. 3, the Eagles won in stunning fashion 2-1 over the University of Idaho. Abby Jensen scored her first two goals as an Eagle in the second half. The first goal came in the 75th minute off an assist by Brittney Doran. Jensen's second goal came with just eight seconds remaining in regulation.
  • On Sept. 30, the Eagles were only able to get off two shots to the 22 that Utah State took against them as they fell 1-0 to the Aggies. Charity Weston scored the only goal for the game for the Aggies in the 65th minute.
  • On Sept. 28, in a 1-0 victory over Utah Valley State, neither team could score in regulation as the game went into overtime. In the ninth minute of the first overtime period, Shelly Ikerd scored the winning goal for the Eagles with an assist by Cyeeta Mott.
  • As of Oct 2, Eastern was leading the Big Sky in saves, averaging nine per game.
  • Cyeeta Mott scored the game-winning goal for Eastern Sept. 22 as it upset Long Beach State 2-1. Mott's goal in the 51st minute, assisted by Brittany Sparks, now ties her for first in Eastern history with four game-winning goals. Eagle sophomore Jocelyn Bement
  • scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute. Eastern went into halftime with the 1-0 lead.
  • The victory over Long Beach State is Eastern's first-ever against a ranked program. The 49ers were ranked No. 21 going into the match against the Eagles, but dropped out of the Soccerbuzz top 30 poll with the loss.
  • With losses to No. 20 USC 2-0 and Oregon 1-0, the Eagles are 0-10 all time vs Pacific 10 Conference teams.
  • Eastern used 22 players in the game against Long Beach State and a season-high 26 players in the game against Birmingham-Southern on Sept. 3.

Individual Highlights:

  • Eastern senior goalkeeper and returning Big Sky Defender of the Year Tiera Como broke into the Eastern record books once again. Going into the game against Utah Valley State, Como needed only three saves to break the record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. She recorded a total of ten saves in the game, four in the first half, five in the second half and one in overtime. Como had seven saves against Utah State and two against Idaho. She now has 367 in her career. As of Oct 2, Como is also leading the Big Sky in saves per game (8.82). She already owns school records for career shutouts (11) and goals against average (1.39). Currently Como sits in ninth place in the Big Sky Conference for goals against average (1.89) and is fourth in save percentage (.822).
  • Each week, Soccerbuzz.com releases their "elite feet" team of the week. The team is comprised of players from all over the nation. For the week of Sept. 26, Cyeeta Mott was awarded this honor. Soccerbuzz starting naming this team back in 2001. This is the first time that an Eastern player has been named to this team.
  • Eagle senior Cyeeta Mott and Como were named the Big Sky Conference players of the week on Sept. 25, both for their efforts in the win over No. 21 Long Beach State.
  • Como was named the defensive player of the week, the seventh time she has won this honor in her career at Eastern, which is also another record. This is Mott's second time winning the offensive player of the week award. She also won the award back in 2004. This is the first time in Eastern history that the Eagles have won both the offensive and defensive awards in the same week.
  • Now with eight total goals in her career as an Eagle, Cyeeta Mott is tied for second in Eastern history, second to only Jennie Summers who had 11 goals from 2002-2005. Mott is also tied for third all time in points (19) and shots attempted (68).
  • Summers is the current leader in points with 26. Beth Russell who played at Eastern from 2002-2005 is first all-time in shots attempted (122).
  • As of Oct 2, Melissa Guthrie is tied for seventh in the Big Sky in total goals (three) and goals per game (0.33).

Comments from Head Coach George Hageage:

  • On Tiera Como breaking the Eastern saves record: "It's a great accomplishment. I don't think it's a record that coaches or goalkeepers really like to have, because with the saves it means there are a lot of shots coming her way. Her save percentage is really good so we will take it. She is a dominate keeper and deserves all the records and accolades she can get."
  • On Como and Cyeeta Mott being named BSC players of the week: "Cyeeta is really starting to come on. She is getting back off of her knee injury that she suffered in the spring and the last two and a half weeks she has been playing really well. It is great to see her named Big Sky player of the week. It is amazing how many times in her career Tiera has been nominated. It is great for her, she deserves it."
  • On the games against Utah Valley State and Utah State: "It's always tough to play up in Utah, especially with the altitude. I was really worried about this road trip, because we can't run people in and out like we can out home because we don't have the roster size. I thought we came out flat against Utah Valley but turned it up in the second half. We had the chance to win it in the second half of regulation, but we were a little off. It was good to see us gut through and pull out the win in overtime. At Utah State we played 30 solid minutes and that was about it. We were a little tired and banged up in the second half. Utah State didn't play that week so we were their only game. Couple that with the altitude and I thought we did a pretty good job."
  • On opening up Big Sky Conference play: "We have five games left at home, and we need to take care of those games. Between Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona we really have to defend our turf and win those five games. If we do that we will set a record for wins in a season. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can defend our home field."
  • On the Upset of Long Beach State: "Obviously this was a huge win for our program. 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."
  • On What the Victory over UCSLB Means to the Eagles: "My talk to them was just like the previous times when we have lost games -- don't let that loss create the next loss. Don't think about that first loss and not do what you are supposed to the next game and lose that one. It is sort of the same thing. Don't think about this game and think we've arrived, because we are not that kind of team. We have to be playing and hitting all cylinders or we are going to lose games."
  • On Utilizing Lots of Players at Home Games: "Actually, we are really deep. I think that is a huge advantage for us, especially for home games. Obviously on the road we can only take 18. For the home games, you might not see as many as you saw in the previous games but you will definitely see a number of players getting time. I think that is to our advantage to do that -- to keep people fresh. We have some speed and a lot of young players now and they can get time."
  • On the Tough Pre-season and How It's Preparing You For the Big Sky:" I think we're getting better every game. Last year we played Oregon to open up the season and I think we had five shots to their 26 -- they were clearly a better team last year. And this year, I felt like we were every bit as good at this point. I think it's definitely preparing us."

 

Links:

  • 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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