Strong First Half Not Enough As EWU Falls To Seattle, 2-0

After controlling play for much of the first half, the Eastern Washington women's soccer team saw visiting Seattle score two second-half goals to defeat the Eagles, 2-0, Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Sports & Recreation Soccer Field.

Eastern falls to 0-2-0 on the year while Seattle improves to 1-1-0 with the win. 

EWU had a dominant start to the match as junior Cassie Black had a scoring chance in the second minute that the Redhawks' keeper managed to corrall. The Eagles had corner kicks in the 13th and 14th minutes, respectively, after forcing SU's defense into tough spots. Junior Haley Stading had her shot blocked after the second corner kick was swung in from junior Lexi Guches as Eastern remained on the attack.

Black again looked poised to score late in the 16th minute, but her shot was deflected by SU's goalkeeper for another Eastern corner. Stading's corner kick found Black, who fired another shot at the Redhawks' goal, but was denied for a third time. 

The visitors began to settle into a rhythm late in the opening frame as Ava Ames had her shot blocked in the 29th minute before Julia Besagno and Stephanie Verdoia missed chances late in the half.

Seattle looked a completely different team in the second half, controlling possession and shutting down the Eagles' attack. The Redhawks broke the deadlock early in the 50th minute as Julia Moravec slotted home a pass from Verdoia from 22 yards out. SU tacked on its second goal in the 77th minute as Verdoia headed a cross from Mary Hill into the right side of the net, sealing the win. 

Eastern's offense struggled to get anything going in the second 45 minutes, mustering a single shot to the Redhawks' 12.

The Eagles are back in action next Friday, Aug. 30, when they travel to Reno, Nev., to take on Nevada. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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