Eastern to face North Dakota State at home and Seattle University on the road
EWU vs. North Dakota
Friday, Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. PST
EWU Sports & Recreation Center Soccer Field | Cheney, Wash.
EWU vs. Seattle
Sunday, Aug. 26 | 1 p.m. PST
Championship Field | Seattle, Wash.
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team will kick off the 2012 season at home against North Dakota State this Friday (Aug. 24) at 4 p.m. in Cheney, Wash. Two days later, the team will make the trip over to the west side to take on Seattle University at Championship Field on Sunday (Aug. 26) at 1 p.m.
Eastern will face NDSU for only the second time in school history. The last time the two teams played was in 2008 – a game that resulted in double overtime play and finished in a 1-1 tie. The Eagles will look to add a win on Friday to improve series history in favor of the red and white.
On Sunday, the Eagles will suit up against the Redhawks for the fifth time in as many years. The record between the two teams stands at 4-0 in favor of Seattle. When the two teams met in 2010, the Eags held on to a 1-1 tie through regulation play, but were dealt a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in double overtime. In the 2011 season matchup, Eastern suffered a 5-0 loss to the more experienced Seattle team. However, in the offseason, the Eags were able to work out many of the issues they were experiencing within their young team. When the Eagles played the Redhawks again during the 2012 spring season, the scrimmage ended in a 2-2 tie.
Eastern is returning 16 letterwinners from the 2011 season, seven of those being starters a year ago. The Eagles appeared in a preseason exhibition match against Washington State (Aug. 17). Despite a 2-0 loss, the Eastern squad played strong against the Cougars, a team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s College Cup last season.
Three Eagles Earn Preseason Honors
According to TopDrawerSoccer.com, two of Eastern’s returning players are among the top 20 “players to watch” in the Big Sky Conference. These players include sophomore forward Cassie Black and senior goalkeeper Jamie Walker.
Black, from Battle Ground, Wash., made the list at number 17. She led the Eagles in goals in 2011, recoding six goals in a total of 774 minutes on the field. She returns once again as a starting forward for the Eags and will look to add to her collegiate scoring record in 2012.
Senior goalkeeper Jamie Walker appeared at number 19 in the Big Sky’s top 20. Walker was ranked second in the Big Sky in saves per game (5.33) in 2011, amassing 80 saves on the year. She was twice selected as a Big Sky Player of the Week, and earned the first postseason honor of her career as a member of the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention team.
Sophomore Katie Cashman also received preseason recognition. College Sports Madness announced its Big Sky Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Teams for 2012 and Cashman was on the list as a Second Team selection.
The Granite Falls, Wash. native started 13 of 15 games on EWU’s back line in 2011. She played a total of 1,239 minutes - the second-most on the team. Following her rookie season, Cashman was named to the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention team.