Eagles Start Conference Play on the Road
Oct. 9, 2007
The Bears (3-6-1) play Air Force on Tuesday (Oct. 9) in a game that was postponed from earlier in the year. They will open up conference play on Friday against the Eagles.
The Lumberjacks are 5-3-4 and will open up their conference schedule against Montana on Friday.
"We know nothing about either of the teams so it kind of hard to gauge what is going on," said head women's soccer coach George Hageage. "Northern Arizona we saw in the beginning of the season but they have changed some of their techniques. Basically we are going to go in and just play our game and not worry about what the opponent is doing."
The Eagles, who are 5-4, are in the midst of their best start in school history.
"One of the things we keep doing is just worrying about the Big Sky season, so it is kind of a bonus that we have done pretty well in the non-conference portion of our season," added Hageage. "It would be great to come out with a winning season for the first time, and it would be great to win the championship again and maybe go to the NCAA tournament. It is what we are shooting for."
"Abby (Jensen) is doing really well," said Hageage. "We are starting to be able to us our outside midfielders a little bit, and she is just cleaning up the stuff that is coming out of the box. She is doing a great job."
That was Jensen's sixth goal of her career and her fourth goal in her past three games. She is nearing the single-season goal record of five. Traci Jellison (2002) and Liz Hail (2001) hold that record.
Senior Cyeeta Mott had four shots on Sunday (Oct. 7) to give her a total of 114 to place her just eight shy of the school record. Beth Russell (2002-05) holds the record with a total of 122.
"We want Cyeeta (Mott) just to keep taking people on," commented Hageage. "She had a couple of chances against Idaho, and the goalkeeper made a couple of good saves."
Senior Cyeeta Mott tied the school record for career goals with 11 when she scored her game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of a 3-2 win over San Jose State on Sept. 30. The assist came from freshman Lauren Kolezer.
Mott tied Jennie Summers (2002-05) for that record and now holds the records for career points at 27 to break Summers' 26 and holds the record in game-winning goals with five to break the three-way tie of four with Beth Russell (2002-05) and Summers. Mott is also just eight points shy of breaking the career points record of 122 held by Summers.
Junior Abby Jensen is about to break the school record for single-season goals with four. Traci Jellison (2002) and Liz Hail (2001) hold the record with five goals apiece.
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 Sept. 28. The Eagles had the lead going into halftime 1-0 with a goal by Jensen. The Huskies then struck back with two goals of their own.
The visiting Eagles beat San Jose State 3-2 Sept. 30. The goals came from Jensen, who scored twice, and the other from Mott with the assist coming from Koelzer.
The Eagles beat Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 at home 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 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 Beating Idaho 2-1: "It was a good game for us," said Eagle coach George Hageage. "We pretty much dominated. There was about a 15-20 mile an hour wind. So in the first half we had it and were on top of them. In the second half it kind of evened out play and they got some shots off and we were really dangerous until that penalty kick."
On the Five-Game Road Stretch: "I think it will be good," added Hageage. "The Idaho trip wasn't really a trip so it is kind of being at home, so it broke it up pretty well. This is going to be a horrible trip (Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona), and I am not looking forward to it just from the travel standpoint, but I think our players are ready so we will wait and see."
On Beating San Jose State 3-2: "It was a good comeback from being down 2-0," said 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."
On Playing Washington: "They were surprised with our pace and our ability to hold the ball, and I don't think they were ready for it," added Hageage.
On Abby Jensen Being Named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week: "Three goals in two games is hard to beat," said 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 of 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 conference 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 (a 3-2 double-overtime loss). We gave them opportunities that were softer and we need to clean that up."