September 28, 2012

Eagles Battle Hornets to 1-1 Draw in First Conference Road Game

Late goal by Jones sends Eastern into double overtime

The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team overcame a one-goal deficit for the second consecutive time in Big Sky play. After giving up a first-half goal in its match against Sacramento State on Friday (Sept. 28), the Eagles and Hornets fought to a 1-1 tie at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif. 

The Hornets put home a goal at the 25 minute-mark to take a 1-0 lead. Sac State’s Victoria Ramirez sent a cross in to Alyssa Anderson, who found the side netting with a shot sent far post. It was the first collegiate career goal for the freshman forward.

“The first half lacked energy from our players,” said head coach George Hageage. “Probably because of the heat – it was 90 degrees out and felt extremely hot. We mixed things up at half time though, and played a lot tighter in the second half.”

The equalizer came late in the second half, with only 10 minutes of regulation time left on the game clock. Eastern’s Danielle Jones was subbed back into the game, and wasted no time making a difference on the field. A mere 30 seconds after she entered, Jones collected a pass from sophomore Haley Stading deep in the box, and slotted the ball far post, to even the score 1-1. Jones’ goal was her second this season.

“Danielle played very well this game,” said Hageage. “She was aggressive and did a great job finding the opportunity in the box. The goal was almost a carbon copy of the one she scored against Hawai’i earlier this season.”

The Hornets dominated the stat box in the first 20 minutes of play, recording six shots and three corner kicks, while the Eagles had yet to make any statistical contributions. However, nearing the 25 minute-mark, Eastern defender Jessica Wallace stepped up and ended the dry spell, with a shot on goal that was saved by Hornet goalkeeper Shelby Tomasello. 

At the end of the first half, Sacramento State led with 10 shots to Eastern’s 3, and only allowed the Eagles one corner kick compared to the four taken by the Hornets.

“Sac State played well and controlled play in the first half,” said Hageage. “They played with a sweeper/stopper like Weber State did, and did not let Cassie [Black] get anything through.”

Twenty minutes into the second half, Jones sent a well-placed corner kick into the box that teammate Cassie Black got her head on, but the attempt was blocked.

During regulation time, the Hornets out-shot the Eagles 22-7, but only put 10 on goal. The red and white displayed incredible accuracy in their attempts, putting five on frame, and converting one.

Sacramento State produced two shots in the first overtime period and one in the second, but was not successful on any of them, thanks to a strong save by Schwery.   

“Nathalie played well in goal,” said Hageage. “Once we got the goal, we bunkered and held them to the 1-1 score. All of Sac State’s shots in overtime were taken from about 30 yards out, and we did not give up any good opportunities.”

The overall shot total was 25-8, in favor of the Hornets. Schwery recorded nine saves in 110 minutes of play between the pipes, and Black led the team with four shots.  

“I am happy with the way we played,” said Hageage. “Sac State dictated the tempo, but our midfield played well and Danielle had a great game. Now we are looking forward to Portland State in a couple days.”

The Eagles travel north for their next conference match on Sunday (Sept. 30), when they face the Vikings at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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