October 17, 2006

Weber State Comes to Town as Eagles Look to Snap Three-Game Losing Streak

Oct. 17, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Thursday, October 19 - *Weber State - 3:30 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - Sunday, October 22 - at *Idaho State - Noon

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Sunday, October 15 - *at Sacramento State - L 2-1
  • W. Soccer - Friday, October 13 - *at Portland State - L 1-0

Team Highlights:

  • After falling twice on the road last week, the Eastern Washington University soccer team will return to action against Weber State Thursday (Oct. 19) at 3:30 p.m. at the Sports and Recreation Center in Cheney, Wash. Weber State has won the last two Big Sky Tournament Championships and two of the last three regular season titles. The Eagles will then travel to Pocatello, Idaho, to play Idaho State Sunday (Oct. 22) at noon. Eastern concludes the regular season at home on Oct. 29 versus Montana.
  • The current Big Sky Conference Standings are: Idaho State (3-1-0), Montana, Weber State and Sacramento State (2-1-1), Portland State (2-2), Northern Arizona (1-2-1) and Eastern Washington and Northern Colorado (1-3). The top four teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Big Sky Championships at the site of the regular season champion.
  • Shelly Ikerd scored the lone goal of the game for the Eagles, but they were unable to hang on in the second half as EWU fell to Sacramento State 2-1 Sunday (Oct. 15). The loss drops the Eagles to 5-10-1 overall and 1-3 in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern was out-shot for the match 27-5, and goalkeeper Tiera Como recorded nine saves for the Eagles.Marianna Palermo scored the only goal of the game for Portland State as the Vikings beat the Eagles Friday (Oct. 13) 1-0. Eastern was out-shot by Portland State 13-11 for the match and Tiera Como recorded four saves.
  • A 3-1 loss to Northern Arizona on Oct. 8 snapped a two-game win streak for the Eagles. Cat Baller scored the first goal of the match in the 22nd minute on a cross by Melissa Guthrie.
  • In the first Big Sky match of the season on Oct. 6, the Eagles beat the Northern Colorado Bears 2-0. Melissa Guthrie scored first for Eastern in the 74th minute off a long pass by Morgan Lutgens. Shelly Ikerd scored the second goal in the 90th minute off an assist by M'ily Reiter. Eastern outshot the Bears 10-7 for the game. Tiera Como recorded four saves.
  • 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 five wins on the season, the Eagles have the second most wins in Eastern history. The season record for Eastern is seven, which the Eagles accomplished in 2004, 2002 and 2000.
  • As of Oct 16, Eastern leads the Big Sky in saves (7.75 per game).
  • The 2-1 victory over Long Beach State on Sept. 22 was 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.
  • Eastern used 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. Against Utah Valley State, on Sept. 28 she had ten saves as she broke the previous school record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. Now with 389 saves in her career, Como also owns school records for career shutouts (12) and goals against average (1.40). As of Oct 16, Como is also leading the Big Sky in saves per game (7.56). Currently, Como sits in tenth place in the Big Sky Conference for goals against average (1.74), fifth in saves percentage (.812) and fifth in shutouts (two).
  • As of Oct 16, Melissa Guthrie and Shelly Ikerd are tied for eighth in the Big Sky in total goals (four) and goals per game (0.29). Ikerd is also tied for third in game-winning goals with two.
  • Abby Jensen scored her first two goals as an Eagle in the second half of Eastern's 2-1 victory over Idaho on Oct. 3. 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.
  • Each week, Soccerbuzz.com releases their "elite feet" team of the week, 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 and 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.
  • Cyeeta Mott's game winning goal over Long Beach State Sept. 22, ties her for first in Eastern history with four game-winning goals. Now with eight total goals in her career as an Eagle, 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).
  • Jennie 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).

Comments from Head Coach George Hageage:

  • On losses to Portland State and Sacramento State: "When you hit October, fitness is always a huge issue. At this point the team is struggling a little bit to get their energy up and it shows. At Portland State you play on astroturf at PGE Park, so it really isn't a soccer game. PSU brought more energy. The ball was bouncing all over the place and they were able to put one in and we weren't. At Sacramento State we played great for 20 minutes. Once we got the lead it was like we were happy to have scored a goal and we let them come at us the rest of the time. We played with no passion at all and that is disappointing. The biggest goal for us is to try to get that back in the next three games. If we win those three we will sit a 4-3 and maybe have an opportunity to go to the tournament."
  • On Two of the Last Three Games Being at Home: "If we were on the road for those three games we would struggle. But being at home for two out of three gives us a huge advantage right now. We have a lot of players that can play. Tiera Como is playing awesome. She is playing out of her mind right now. As long as we have her playing well and a lot of others play well, then we have at legitimate chance to sweep these three games."
  • On Individual Play: "I have been really happy with Tiera obviously. I couldn't believe how well she played at Sacramento State. She really kept us in that game the entire way. Cyeeta Mott is playing awesome up top. She hasn't scored goals, but she is doing all of the little things that we need her to do. Abby Jensen is doing well, as well as Morgan O'Friel. Then our back two, Carrie Conners and Kelsey Tufnail, are giving it everything they have. So we are really happy with those players."
  • 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 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."

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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