Sept. 14, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team claimed the title at the SDSU Invitational after tying North Dakota State 1-1 on Sunday morning (Sept. 14). Two days earlier, the Eagles opened the weekend's play with a 2-1 defeat of the host squad, South Dakota State.
Jocelyn Bement, who was responsible for leading Eastern's offense the entire weekend, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Three other Eagles joined her on the All-SDSU Invitational team: Jessica Blessard, Lillian Bourret and Lauryn Koelzer.
Both goals of today's contest came in the middle of the first half. Koelzer scored for the second time this season when she put in rebound from a blocked shot attempt in the 21st minute. Eight minutes later, the Bison (3-3-1) knotted the score with a goal from Michelle Gaffaney.
The Eagles set two school records today, total shots (40) and individual shots (eight). Eastern Washington outshot North Dakota State in the contest 40-14, while Abby Jensen and Bourret each had eight shots. The previous respective records were 34 (versus Colorado College on Sept. 19, 2004) and seven (Jennie Summers versus Portland State on Oct. 28, 2005, and Beth Russell versus Colorado College on Sept. 19, 2004).
Tying for second in the tournament standings were Iowa State and South Dakota State with 1-1-0 marks, while North Dakota State placed fourth, having gone 0-1-1.
The Eagles (1-4-2) now take nearly two weeks off from competitive action to fine tune itself before heading into the rivalry/Big Sky Conference portion of their schedule. Next up will be four games against Northwest teams, as Eastern takes on Idaho, Gonzaga, Washington State and Seattle University in successive contests. That will be followed by EWU's seven Big Sky contests.
Eastern Washington's next game will be a home contest versus Idaho at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26. The Vandals are currently 1-4-0 and play three more times before meeting the Eagles.