Eagles Conclude 2006 Season Hosting Montana

Oct. 24, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Sunday, October 29 - *Montana - 1 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Sunday, October 22 - at *Idaho State - L 5-1
  • W. Soccer - Thursday, October 19 - *Weber State - L 1-0

 

Team Highlights:

  • The Eastern Washington University soccer team (5-12-1, 1-5-0) will conclude its 2006 season on Sunday (Oct. 29) at 1 p.m. in Cheney, Wash., as the Eagles host Montana (9-7-1, 3-2-1) at the Sports and Recreation Center.
  • Eight Seniors will be honored before the Montana game on Sunday including: Cat Baller, Caitlin Braun, Gwen Burgess, Tiera Como, Kai Gregersen, Jennifer McMullen, Kim Robinson, and Kelsey Tufnail.
  • This year's seniors are led by goalkeeper Tiera Como who holds four Eastern records and has also earned seven Big Sky player of the week honors, one first team BSC and is on her way to her fourth-straight Big Sky Conference Team All-Academic award. Kelsey Tufnail and Jen McMullen have each won this award twice. The seniors have earned eight total Big Sky All-Academic honors.
  • League-leading Idaho State handed Eastern a 5-1 loss Sunday (Oct. 22) in Pocatello, Idaho. Chelsey Hannesson scored the only goal of the game for the Eagles in the 32nd minute.
  • Tiera Como recorded 16 saves, but the Wildcats were able to sneak a goal in the 89th minute as Shaylee Stegen scored off an assist by Molli Neilson and Weber State beat Eastern 1-0 Thursday (Oct. 19).
  • The current Big Sky Conference standings are: Idaho State (5-1-0); Portland State (4-2-0); Montana, Weber State and Sacramento State (3-2-1); Northern Arizona (2-3-1) and Eastern Washington and Northern Colorado (1-5-0). 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. With Idaho State victory over EWU, the Bengals have clinched at least a share of the BSC regular season title.
  • 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 24, Eastern leads the Big Sky in saves (8.06 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 set another against Utah Valley State on Sept. 28 when she had ten saves as she broke the previous school record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. Now with 410 saves in her career, Como also owns school records for career shutouts (12), saves per game (6.31), goals against average (1.45), and wins (14). Como has played 2,960 minutes as an Eagle, which is 800 more than any other goalkeeper in Eastern history. As of Oct 24, Como is also leading the Big Sky in saves per game (7.89). Currently, Como sits in fifth in saves percentage (.807) and fifth in shutouts (two).
  • As of Oct 24, Melissa Guthrie and Shelly Ikerd are tied for tenth in the Big Sky in total goals (four) and Guthrie is tenth in goals per game (0.29). Ikerd is also tied for fourth 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. 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.
  • 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 (77).
  • 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 the Eight Seniors on This Year's Team: "All of the seniors have worked very hard the last few years and are all student athletes. Obviously Tiera Como has stood out in this class but everyone has contributed over these past four years."
  • On the Last Game of the Season versus Montana: "We didn't come in at the fitness level we wanted to at the end of the season. We had so much energy in the middle of the season and played so well that we just wore ourselves out at the end. The returners are really willing to work hard to get back to the fitness level we need to be, and we are looking at the Montana game as sort of the first game of the season."
  • 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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