October 26, 2008

Eagles Claim Win over Bears

Oct. 26, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team defeated Northern Colorado 1-0 in a Big Sky Conference game on Sunday morning (Oct. 26) to earn its first league win of the season.

After UNC controlled the first two minutes of the contest, Eastern Washington hit pay dirt on its first opportunity. Jocelyn Bement had a beautiful cross from the left side into the box where Brittany Sparks slotted the ball into the net. The assist for Bement and the goal for Sparks were the first of the year for each player.

The win also allowed Eastern Washington (3-11-3, 1-4-1 BSC) to eliminate sixth-place UNC (7-12-0, 2-4-0) from its aspirations of qualifying for the four-team Big Sky Championship.

The Eagles outshot Northern Colorado 23-12 in the contest and kept the pressure on UNC throughout the game. Eastern Washington also had 11 shots on goal, compared with Northern Colorado’s four.

Individually, Bement was also an imposing force as a potential goalscorer herself, as she had five shots today, three on goal. Lauryn Koelzer, who is tied for the school record for goals in a season with six, had four shots, three on frame. Sparks contributed four shots, two on goal and another that went off the cross bar with 10 minutes to go.

“We passed the ball well and carried most of the play, but we did have some rough moments,” head coach George Hageage said. “It is a shame we did not put more (goals) in because we had opportunities for sure.

“I am very proud of the players for coming back after the loss on Friday (1-0 to Northern Arizona). The players were very upset after that game, and they felt they should have scored a couple of goals in the second half. It is great to see them stick together and come out with a victory. They deserve it.”

The Eagles close out the 2008 season with a home game on Friday (Oct. 31) against Montana. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. The Grizzlies tied Northern Arizona 1-1 today and will enter the game 6-9-2, 3-2-1 in Big Sky games.

The contest is essential to Montana’s postseason hopes, as the Grizzlies are in fourth, just ahead of Sacramento State (3-3-0 BSC) for the final Big Sky Championship spot.

It will also serve as Senior Day for six Eagles: Lillian Bourret, Maia Fastabend, Abby Jensen, Ashley Renz, Bement and Koelzer.

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