Women's Soccer Falls 3-0 To Weber State To Close First Big Sky Weekend

OGDEN, Utah – Eastern Washington ended the first weekend of Big Sky Conference play without scoring a goal as the women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Weber State Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Ogden.

"Weber State is a really good team that took care of their scoring chances, and that was the difference today," head coach George Hageage said. "I honestly thought we played well, but had some opportunities we just didn't finish."

The Eagles put up 13 shots on the day, four of which came from junior Cassie Black. With 84 shots now in her career, Black moved up to seventh on EWU all-time shots list. Katie Cashman put up three shots of her own in the contest as well.

Cashman and Black, along with Ua Ruedy and Kayla Sutter, were the only Eagles to put shots on goal Saturday with one apiece.

Weber scored once in the first half and twice in the second, their goals coming in the 36th, 59th and 81st minutes of action. Between Weber's second and third goals, the Eagles found the back of the net, but had the goal called back on an offside call in the 67th minute.

"That offside was unfortunate, because if that goal sticks, the dynamic of the game is completely changed," Hageage said.

With the score staying at 2-0 after the offside, Weber was able to effectively put the game away 13 minutes later on a header from Mackenzie Day.

Weber State outshot the Eagles 21-13, with both of the teams finding more shot opportunities in the second half. Each team had a single corner kick and were cited for eight fouls.

Freshman Clara Elsholz saw her first action of the season in goal for the Eagles, playing the entire second half and nabbing three saves despite giving up a pair of goals. Junior Nathalie Schwery had three saves and one goal allowed through 45 first-half minutes.

Eastern will return home for a pair of games Friday and Sunday after nearly a month on the road. Portland State visits Cheney for a match Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m., while Sacramento State comes to town Sunday, Oct. 6 to play at 11 a.m. at Sports & Recreation Field.

"Overall we put together a pretty good game against a really tough team," Hageage added. "We knew coming in that this roadtrip would be tough, considering we played the defending conference champion (Idaho State) and what looks to be the team to beat in the conference this year, but having two of the toughest league matches out of the way allows us to look forward to our home weekend coming up."

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