Sept. 28, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team fell to Gonzaga in a 2-1 heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 28). The host Bulldogs prevailed with a score in the second overtime period in front of the largest crowd to witness an EWU soccer game this season.
After Gonzaga had much of the possession in the first half, Eastern Washington ended the stanza on a positive note, attacking much of the final five minutes.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead when Jessie Sorenson passed to Sarah Rhodes, who had timed her run perfectly to avoid being offsides on a breakaway before slotting the shot past Eastern's goalkeeper. Her goal came at the 56:08 mark.
Eastern Washington, however, quickly tied the contest, when Lauryn Koelzer cracked a shot off of an errant backpass to the GU goalkeeper at the 58:31 mark.
After the rivals played out the final 30 minutes without anybody reaching pay dirt, the team's headed into overtime.
The Eagles (2-5-2) had a number of scoring chances in the first overtime session, but were unable to create enough space to take a shot at the goal.
Gonzaga (5-6-0), however, took control of the game back in the second overtime and prevailed when Sheridan Jones scored into the top left corner of the net at the 104:17 mark off of a pass from Courtney Peacock.
"It was a good effort; I'm proud of them," head coach George Hageage said of the team. "We played hard, which is good, but we had some lapses, especially in the second half.
"We weren't finding feet very well when we were clearing and then we did not play into corners to let our forwards run, which we did in the first half to put a lot of pressure on them. Getting out of the second half tied was pretty good for us."
A standing-room only crowd of 541 watched the two rivals battle in near-perfect weather. Eastern Washington has played in front of a larger crowd only once in the past three years, when 907 were witnesses to Eastern taking a 1-0 lead at Washington before falling to the Huskies 2-1 on Sept. 28, 2007.
The Eagles will continue its trio of road trips throughout the state of Washington next weekend, as EWU takes on Washington State in Pullman at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 3). Eastern Washington then takes on Seattle University at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 5). Each of those teams possesses 5-2-3 records.