Soccer's First Big Sky Home Matches Bring Portland State, Sac State to Cheney
|Portland State||Sacramento State|
|Friday, Oct. 4 | 4 p.m.||Sunday, Oct. 6 | 11 a.m.|
|Sports & Recreation Field | Cheney, Wash.||Sports & Recreation Field | Cheney, Wash.|
|Match Notes | Live Stats | EWU on Twitter||Match Notes | Live Stats | EWU on
With home matches on the horizon for the first time in nearly a month, the Eagles are poised to even up their record in Big Sky Conference play with matches against Portland State and Sacramento State Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, respectively. Eastern is playing catch-up this week after two losses against tough teams on the road last weekend, a 1-0 loss to Idaho State and a 3-0 decision to Weber State, and they hope to find their first home win of 2013 after dropping their first three hometown tilts.
The only returning scorer to either matchup from the 2012 season is junior midfielder Haley Stading, who registered an assist on Eastern's tying goal in a road matchup against the Hornets last season. Against Portland State, however, the Eagles are out for revenge and hope to have more than a few scoring opportunities turn out after a shutout loss last season in Portland.
The common denominator for Eastern between last season and this season is junior goalkeeper Nathalie Schwery, who after a season of experience as the starting keeper for the Eagles should be prepped and ready to play tough behind EWU's talented back line. Schwery has one shutout under her belt this season to pair with an amassed 52 saves, a tally that ranks her fifth among her conference couterparts.
Game time is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday at Sports & Recreation Field and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for all wishing to attend.
- Eastern is coming home for the first time since a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to Fresno State on Sept. 8. Incidentally, it was the only home game for the Eagles in the month of September.
- EWU has somewhat of an advantage with Portland State coming to Cheney this weekend. The Eagles have a 3-3-1 record against the Vikings on their home pitch, compared to a 1-7 record when playing PSU in Oregon.
- The Eagle offense has an opportunity to capitalize on Portland State's defense this weekend, considering the team has allowed an average of more than 13 shots per game this season.
- The last time Eastern defeated Sac State was a 1-0 decision at Sports & Recreation Field in 2009, but the Eagles have either dropped or tied every other game against the Hornets since 2004. Look for EWU to trend the other direction beginning with Sunday's matchup.
- Despite only being a half-game under .500 when playing on the road, the Eagles will have an edge on Sacramento State, who has an away record of 2-3 this season.
- Katie Cashman had a solid weekend against Idaho State and Weber State, putting up six shots and three shots on goal. Her six shots on goal are third on the team in 2013.
- Black has extended her lead as Eastern's record holder in game-winning goals (7) this season, which came with the first score at NDSU, and has also moved up to third on the all-time points list (36).
- Kayla Sutter tied the single-match record for most assists in a game (2) after passing to both of Eastern's first two goal scorers earlier this season against NDSU. The two assists were also the first two of her career.