Eagles concede three second-half goals in matchup with Cowgirls in Missoula, Mont.
The Eastern Washington University soccer team fell victim to a few strong set pieces by the Wyoming Cowgirls, resulting in a 3-0 loss on Sunday (Sept. 12) at the University of Montana Tournament in Missoula, Mont. The Eagles fall to 0-4-1 on the season, while Wyoming improves its overall record to 5-3. The Cowgirls also defeated Big Sky Conference school Montana at the tournament, by a score of 1-0.
Wyoming sophomore Jenny Johnson and senior Chelsea Coddington scored nearly identical goals in the 57th and 59th minutes of the contest, as both players managed to get a forehead on a free kick sent in from freshman Liz O’Reilly.
“I am extremely disappointed with our performance today,” said EWU head coach George Hageage. “There was a complete lack of leadership on the field. Wyoming is without a doubt a solid team, but we suffered from a complete mental breakdown. There is no reason those first two goals should have gone in.”
The Eagles held the Cowgirls scoreless in the first half, as both teams battled for possession out of the midfield. Wyoming took 10 shots, compared to five for Eastern, but the Eagle defense was able to thwart every attack mounted by UW in the first period.
Unfortunately, the second half was not as successful for the team in Red and White. After the Cowgirls converted two set pieces within a five-minute span, the Eagles were eager to get one back. Eastern took nine shots in the second period, but could not find the back of the net. Wyoming was able to extend its lead to three after sophomore Carmen Blume chipped a crafty shot over the head of EWU goalkeeper Jamie Walker.
Nine different Eagles fired shots in the contest, with Freshman Erin Bourguignon leading the way with three. Junior Charlene Hitchcock tallied two shots, both of which were on frame, while sophomore Lauren Jacobsen and junior Melanie Kitsman also recorded two shots. Walker collected five saves in her 45:00 minutes of play. Senior Lisa Dimak also contributed 45 minutes between the pipes, picking up three total saves.
Eastern will next travel to South Dakota to take on the Coyotes of South Dakota and Jackrabbits South Dakota State on Sept. 17 and 19, respectively.