September 26, 2013

Soccer Falls To Idaho State In Big Sky Opener

POCATELLO, Idaho – Katie Cashman and Cassie Black's combined four shots on goal weren't enough to find the net and overcome Idaho State in EWU's first game of Big Sky Conference play Thursday evening. The Eagles ultimately fell to the Bengals 1-0 at Davis Field in Pocatello.

"We played a really sound game against the defending Big Sky champions," EWU head coach George Hageage said. "Everything was pretty even all across the board, I liked our effort out there and I thought we got good opportunities. They just scored a goal and we didn't."

The game's only tally came after 57 minutes and 36 seconds of scoreless play, when ISU's Whitney Peterson found the back of the net off passes from Lauren Bermudez and Kiley Godfrey.

Despite giving up the match's only goal, EWU keeper Nathalie Schwery had a solid outing once again. After earning her first shutout of the season last weekend against North Dakota State, Schwery garnered four saves, upping her season total to 49, and even registered two shots off free kicks just onto the Bengal side of the field.

"What's most encouraging coming away from this is the fact that we've gone two 90 minute games in a row without making a mental mistake," Hageage said. "Big Sky play is tough every year on the road, but I think this is the best Eastern has ever played in Pocatello considering its toughness with the fans and the atmosphere of the game."

While Idaho State outshot Eastern, it was by a slim 12-10 margin with the Bengals putting five shots on goal to the Eagles' four. Both teams had four fouls against them in the first half, but Idaho State finished with 11 to Eastern's eight.

Hailie McClure and Jessica Wallace were the only other EWU players to put up shots. Both had one shot to go along with Black and Cashman's three and Schwery's two.

The loss puts the Eagles at 0-1 in Big Sky play and 2-8 overall with a Saturday matchup at Weber State on the horizon. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Pacific time from Weber's P.E. Playfield.

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