Sparks Moves Within Two of Record in 4-1 Loss
Eastern Washington now returns home for two games next weekend to close non-conference play
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team fell to Idaho 4-1 in a non-conference game on Friday afternoon (Sept. 18). The host Vandals scored twice in each half, while Eastern had a second-half score.
Just after the halftime break (47th minute), Brittany Sparks scored her fifth goal of the season, already moving within two of the school record, especially impressive considering the Eagles have not even reached the halfway mark of the 2009 campaign.
To score the goal, she broke free on the left side and beat the goalkeeper to the right post. The school record is currently held by Lauryn Koelzer, who had seven goals a year ago. Sparks is currently tied for third place on the chart (in second is Cyeeta Mott, who had six in 2007).
Idaho got on the scoreboard quickly with a fourth-minute score. Erica Hart scored the goal. The Vandals then doubled their lead after Sari Morrison converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute. Hart then scored her second of the game in the 52nd minute before Chelsea Small tallied a 71st-minute score.
In the contest, the Eagles (2-6) were out-shot 25-13, while Idaho (5-3) earned six corner kicks to EWU's two.
Eastern Washington is now off for a week, next playing host to San Francisco at 4 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 25). The Dons have actually tied three straight games and are currently 4-1-3. They will play at Pacific on Sunday (Sept. 20) before heading north to take on the Eagles.