Eastern Outlasts Idaho 1-0
Sept. 26, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team moved to 2-0-1 in its last three games with a 1-0 home victory over Idaho on Friday afternoon (Sept. 26).
The winning goal came when at the 70:33 mark when Lauryn Koelzer took a brilliant high pass from Whitney Brannan and dribbled around Idaho’s goalkeeper to the left side of the box and slotted the ball along the ground into the right corner of the empty net. The goal was her third of the season, and she is now just one off of tying for the fifth-highest total in school history.
“The great thing about how it was set up was that we were working on getting Whitney to turn inside and then pass on to the next player for the slash and run coming through, and it just happened to be Lauryn,” head coach George Hageage said. “It is always really cool to see what we were working on this week actually happen. Lauryn did a good job staying calm and composed and getting by the keeper and passing it into the back of the net.”
Eastern’s goalkeeper, Jessica Blessard, moved to 2-0-1 on the season. She faced 19 shots today and made seven saves.
The Eagles had a total of 14 shots in the contest, while Idaho’s goalkeeper, Liz Boyden, made three saves. Four Eagles contributed two shots apiece: Jocelyn Bement, Brittany Sparks, Koelzer and Lillian Bourret. Both of Koelzer’s shots were on frame.
Idaho nearly scored on three occasions today, as Jenn Hull (12th minute) and Nicole McAllister (57th minute) each hit shots off of the goal post. In the 16th minute, Ashley Perez took a crack from 30 yards out and saw the ball trickle through Blessard’s legs, but not far as she was able to pounce on it before it had a chance to cross the goal line.
Eastern Washington responded to a supbar first half (being outshot 13-6) to playing much better after the break (outshooting Idaho, 8-6).
“The first half was not good,” Hageage said. “We were starting to have problems between our defense and midfield again with the huge gap there, and they really punished us. We were fortunate to get out of the half 0-0.
“The second half was about keeping control of play, and the gap was gone. It was harder for them to get out with any type of organized attack, so we did a lot better the second half and hopefully we can keep it up the rest of the season.”
The Eagles now make the short trip up to Spokane to take on Gonzaga at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 28). The Bulldogs are 4-6-0 after falling at Washington State 1-0 on Friday.