Vikings share the wealth in four-goal win against Eastern
After holding Portland State to just one goal in the first half, the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team closed out its first road trip of the Big Sky season with a tough 4-0 loss on Sunday (Sept. 30) at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore.
With this win, Portland State advances its Big Sky Conference record to 3-1-0, while Eastern drops to 1-2-1 and 4-6-2 overall.
Fifteen minutes into the match, a foul was called on Eastern just outside of its own goal box, giving up a direct kick to Portland State. The kick was taken by senior midfielder Amanda Dutra, who found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
Dutra struck again six minutes into the second half, increasing PSU’s lead. Teammate Megan Martin sent a through-ball to Dutra, who drove it home for the 2-0 tally.
“Portland State has a couple of really good players," said head coach George Hageage. “Plus it is always hard to play here [Hillsboro Stadium]. Once a goal is scored, the energy from the crowd transfers to the home team and usually a second goal is not far behind.”
At the 61 minute mark, Martin cashed in with a goal of her own. A loose ball in the box left players scrambling, but Daniela Solis gathered the ball and slotted it through to Martin. Martin controlled the ball and netted it, for her second goal of the season.
The Vikings did not let up on the Eagles, even with a three-goal lead secured. They notched the final goal of the match at the 75 minute mark. Solis found an open pass to freshman forward Lynsey Gaines, who blasted a shot off one of Eastern’s defenders. The ball deflected off the defender and into the goal, for her first collegiate career goal.
Both of Eastern’s goalkeepers contributed time in the goal, totaling three saves in 90 minutes. Sophomore Nathalie Schwery started out in goal, but was injured partway through and replaced by senior keeper Jamie Walker.
The Vikings out-shot the Eagles 12-6, putting seven of their attempts on goal compared to the one on-goal attempt supplied by Eastern’s Alisha Stott. However, the Eagles were awarded two corner kicks and did not give up any to the Vikings. PSU and Eastern were closely matched in fouls with the record standing at 7-6, respectively.
“Things came unhinged today,” said Hageage. “It definitely did not help that we were coming off of a double-overtime match against Sacramento State. We started out strong in the first half, but as the second half rolled on, things started to slow down. We were not mentally crisp and things snowballed in that second half. We will regroup from this and prepare for our next match.”
The Eagles return home on Friday (Oct. 5) to host North Dakota at EWU Sports and Recreation Center Soccer Field in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.