Eastern Starts Five-Game Road Stretch
Sept. 25, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team will play a couple of games on the road against the University of Washington at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28) and San Jose State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30).
The Eagles defeated Utah State at home 2-1 on Sunday (Sept. 23). Eastern (3-3-0) was scoreless in the first half then struck back in the second half with a game-tying goal by junior Morgan O'Friel in the 50th minute, which was the first goal of her career, and was assisted by junior Lauren Koelzer. The game-winning goal came in the 55th minute by Lillian Bourret to beat the Aggies (3-6-0). Bourret was named Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive player of the week.
"That was really exciting to see the comeback," said head coach George Hageage. "We started to use the outside midfielders, and we relieved pressure that way."
Eastern is 0-2-0 against UW playing them back in 2000 at Seattle in Cheney. The Huskies are 2-7.
"It will be a good test for us to play under the lights," added Hageage. "They play a lot of tough opponents, so I don't really look at the record side. Washington has really good players. They are athletic and fast, so it is going to be a big test for us."
The Eagles will then travel to San Jose State to play a team they have never seen before. The Spartens are 1-5-2 and will play at home against Cal State Fullerton Friday (Sept. 28) at 3 p.m. prior to playing the Eagles.
"We don't know a whole lot about San Jose," said Hageage. "It is a team we have never played against before. So I am not sure how we will match up in that. The scouting reports are coming in, so we will see."
Senior Cyeeta Mott nears tying school records in goals and points. She has a total of 10 goals and 25 points, one away from each of those records currently held by Jennie Summers (2002-05).
The Eagles beat Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 at home Friday (Sept. 14). Chelsey Hannesson had the only goal in the 86th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Eastern lost to Boise State 3-1 Sunday (Sept. 16) in Boise, Idaho. The only goal for the Eagles was in the fourth minute by Cyeeta Mott. She is now only one career goal and point shy of tying those school records.
The Eagles played at the NAU Mountain Classic against Lamar University on Aug. 31 and won 5-0 to start the season 1-0 for the first time in school history. It was only the second time EWU had ever scored five goals in a game. The last time was back on Oct. 11, 1997, in a 6-0 win over Carroll College. That was the inaugural year of EWU's soccer program.
Cyeeta Mott is closing in on four school records with 10 goals, five assists, 25 points and 99 shots in her career. The current record of 11 goals is held by Jennie Summers (2002-05). Beth Russell (2002-05) compiled seven assists in her career, and Summers currently holds the points record of 26. Russell is also the shots record holder with 122. Mott currently shares the record for game-winning goals at four with Beth Russell (2002-05) and Jennie Summers (2002-05).
"Cyeeta is playing great, and I hope this will keep up. I think she is the fittest she has ever been, and she really deserved a couple of goals against Lamar and was unlucky," said Eagle head coach George Hageage. "Right now for sure, Cyeeta Mott is the team leader on the field."
The Eagles held a soccer camp Wednesday (Sept. 19) to raise money for South Pines Elementary School. The clinic was hosted by the EWU coaching staff and players after practice for two hours.
On Beating Utah State 2-1: "We played really well the first 15 minutes of the game," said head coach George Hageage. "We matched up real well with them. We used the outside midfielders a lot and started to attack."
On Playing Against Boise State: "We silenced the crowd really quick but were never really able to put some our other shots away and that kind of cost us," said Hageage. "We played well enough to win and credit Boise State on its 3-1 win, because they capitalized on their chances and we just didn't finish some of ours. In terms of the overall game, we played well enough to win that one, and that is what makes it so disappointing."
On Competing Against Cal State Bakersfield With a 1-0 Win: "In one of their scouting reports it says they were going to be weak over the top of the goalkeeper," said Hageage. "So that is something we tried to do, and we are really happy Chelsey (Hannesson) put it on frame from 25 yards out. That shot is actually something we have been working on. That was her second this year. So anything within that kind of range, we are really trying to pound those free kicks in, because obviously she has that kind of range."
On the 2-0 Loss Against Gonzaga: "My worry with Gonzaga was they were going to come out strong," said Hageage. "Since the Bulldogs are a good team and they had already lost two games, we knew if they put pressure on us, we might be in for a long day. We couldn't handle it right off the bat real well, and that is the unfortunate part."
On the Second Half Improvement Against Gonzaga: "We are going to take from that and grow from it," added Hageage. "What we showed in the second half is we could play, and that is encouraging. We haven't done that in a couple of years, actually tried to play with Gonzaga. We didn't alter our tactics at all, and I couldn't say that at all the last two years. This year we decided to play them pretty much straight up, take our best shot and they take their best shot. Unfortunately, the first half was their best shot and they ended up having two go in."
On Possibly Pushing Back the Game Against the Bulldogs: "It is really hard for both of us to do with our conferences' schedules, but if we could push the game back so we are both in school (Eastern starts classes on Sept. 26), then I think you will see a lot of people showing up for that game."
On starting season off 1-0: "It was a good game for us," said Hageage. "We got a lot of things accomplished. It was definitely a good game to start off with (a 5-0 win over Lamar)."
On how EWU played in its first game: "It is always a struggle to come off (1-0)," said Hageage. "But I think the other thing that helped us out was being on our own wide field for preseason, because we were able to use width. We looked ready for the game in terms of using the whole field. I think that helped out quite a bit."
On how Eastern played against Temple University: "It is a big difference between conference and non-conference," answered Hageage. "We battled real well statistically; it was pretty even. It was one of those unfortunate things. We gave them opportunities that were softer and we need to clean that up."