Cal State Bakersfield game winner comes in 86th minute, Eastern now returns home for Sunday game
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was the victim of an 86th-minute goal and fell to the host Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 1-0 on Friday evening (Sept. 11).
The evenly-matched teams accumulated 21 total shots in the game (eight for Eastern), but appeared to be destined for overtime before the hosts tallied the lone tally of the game. Cal State Bakersfield's Sam Pena scored the goal, receiving a long pass from Jamie Havelin in the box and knocking it into the net.
The Eagles battled in an attempt to tie the score in the final four minutes and did earn a corner kick with seconds remaining, but did not have enough time to score, kicking the ball out of the corner as the final horn was sounding. In fact, the only shot achieved by either team in the final 12 minutes of the game was Cal State Bakersfield's goal.
The corner kick was the fifth of the game (and of the half) for Eastern, tying a season high for a game, which was previously reached against Eastern Oregon on Wednesday (Sept. 9). Cal State Bakersfield had three corner kicks tonight, all in the first half.
"We played well and did a great job creating opportunities, getting the ball forward quicker than we have been," head coach George Hageage said. "I was also happy with our sense of urgency following the goal."
Whitney Brannan was an especially potent offensive force, tallying five of Eastern's eight shots. Also contributing shots were Morgan O'Friel, Charlene Hitchcock and Lauren Jacobsen with one apiece. Eastern's goalkeepers, Lisa Dimak and Jamie Walker, had three saves apiece.
Brannan also had several of Eastern's best scoring chances, sending a shot just wide in the 17th minute, having a shot saved in the 38th minute and having a 70th-minute shot blocked.
The Eagles wrap up a busy week (three games in five days) with a noon home contest on Sunday (Sept. 13) versus UC Davis. The Aggies won 5-1 on the road versus Montana on Thursday (Sept. 10) to improve to 3-0-1 on the year.