September 26, 2006

Eagles Travel to Utah After Huge Win

Sept. 26, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer- September 28 - at Utah Valley State - 3 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - September 30 - at Utah State - 9:30 a.m.
  • W. Soccer - October 3 - Idaho - 4 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - October 6 - *Northern Colorado - 4 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - September 22 - vs #21 Long Beach State - W 2-1

Team Highlights:

  • The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team (2-6-1) travels to Utah Valley State (4-5-1) on Thursday (Sept. 28) and will play Utah State (3-6-1) Saturday (Sept. 30). Eastern will then return home to face Idaho Oct. 3 at 4 p.m., in its last non-conference match of the season. Big Sky play will open at home for the Eagles Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. against Northern Colorado.
  • Cyeeta Mott scored the game-winning goal for Eastern Sept. 22 as it upset Long Beach State 2-1. Mott's goal in the 51st minute, assisted by Brittany Sparks, now ties her for first in Eastern history with four game-winning goals. Eagle sophomore Jocelyn Bement
  • scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute. Eastern went into halftime with the 1-0 lead.
  • The victory over Long Beach State is Eastern's first-ever against a ranked program. The 49ers were ranked No. 21 going into the match against the Eagles, but dropped out of the Soccerbuzz top 30 poll with the loss.
  • With losses to No. 20 USC 2-0 and Oregon 1-0, the Eagles are 0-10 all time vs Pacific 10 Conference teams.
  • Eastern used 22 players in the game against Long Beach State and a season-high 26 players in the game against Birmingham-Southern on Sept. 3.
  • The Eagles tied unbeaten Nevada 1-1 on Sept. 10 after two overtime periods. Eastern's only goal in the game came from Shelly Ikerd and was assisted by Tiera Como. Eastern out-shot the Wolfpack 19-13 for the match
  • The only other win for the Eagles came on Sept. 3 when the Eagles defeated Birmingham-Southern 4-2. Four different eagles scored in that game and three other players had assists. Eastern scored all four of their goals in a 25 minute span, and it was just enough to hold off the Panthers.
  • As of Sept. 25, Eastern was leading the Big Sky in saves, averaging 9.11 per game.

Individual Highlights:

  • After recording five saves in the victory over Long Beach State, Eastern senior goalkeeper and returning Big Sky Defender of the Year Tiera Como has 348 saves in her career at Eastern. With those five saves, Como is now only two saves behind the Eastern record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. Como will look to break that record this week at Utah Valley State. She currently leads the Big Sky in saves per game (8.89). She already owns a school record for career shutouts (10) and goals against average (1.43). Currently Como sits in tenth place in the Big Sky Conference for goals against average (2.21) and is fifth in save percentage (.800).
  • As of Sept. 25, Melissa Guthrie is tied for seventh in total goals (three) and goals per game (0.33).

Comments from Head Coach George Hageage:

  • On the Upset of Long Beach State: "Obviously this was a huge win for our program. It is anytime you beat a team that is in the Top 25 and it was the first time we have ever done it. It was a special time, not only for our soccer players but for Eastern. We were really pleased with our efforts. Hopefully we can keep this rolling."
  • On What the Victory over UCSLB Means to the Eagles: "My talk to them was just like the previous times when we have lost games -- don't let that loss create the next loss. Don't think about that first loss and not do what you are supposed to the next game and lose that one. It is sort of the same thing. Don't think about this game and think we've arrived, because we are not that kind of team. We have to be playing and hitting all cylinders or we are going to lose games. That was great we won, but now we have to get back to work, because if we don't show up against Utah Valley State and/or Utah State, we are going to lose those games."
  • On Utah Valley State and Utah State: "We tend to lose to Utah State there and beat them at home so we are trying to reverse that. Both teams are playing pretty well so it will definitely be a challenge. We are taking it one game at a time and hopefully keeping our intensity up. If we can play each game intense, challenge for 50-50 and try to get forward and behind people, then we will do well."
  • On the Six-day Rest Between Long Beach State and Utah Valley State: "The rest will definitely help. I think it's going to be a good chance for us to sit back and do some more technical things at practice for a couple of days and get back into our game planning for Utah Valley State. So it's going to be good for us for sure."
  • On Como Nearing Career Saves Record: "I don't know if I like that. The good thing is that along with her saves she has had a pretty good save percentage and has had a number of shutouts. So I guess we don't mind it too much. She is an excellent keeper and she will definitely break that record. She will hold a number of records by the time she is done this season."
  • On Utilizing Lots of Players at Home Games: "Actually we are really deep. I think that is a huge advantage for us, especially for home games. Obviously on the road we can only take 18. For the home games, you might not see as many as you saw in the previous games but you will definitely see a number of players getting time. I think that is to our advantage to do that -- to keep people fresh. We have some speed and a lot of young players now and they can get time."
  • On the Tough Pre-season and How It's Preparing You For the Big Sky:" I think we're getting better every game. Last year we played Oregon to open up the season and I think we had five shots to their 26 -- they were clearly a better team last year. And this year, I felt like we were every bit as good at this point. I think it's definitely preparing us."

 

Links:

  • Big Sky Conference Women's Soccer - http://www.bigskyconf.com/sport_front.asp?sportid=106
  • NCAA Women's Soccer - http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/womens/
  • Soccer Buzz Top 25 Rankings - http://www.soccerbuzz.com/
  • NSCAA/Adidas Top 25 Coaches Poll - http://www.nscaa.com/cr.php
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