Eastern Goes 1-1 in Big Sky Conference Opening Weekend

Oct. 10, 2006

Coming Up (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer - Friday October 13 - *at Portland State - 7 p.m.
  • W. Soccer - Sunday October 15 - *at Sacramento State - 2:30 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Soccer -Sunday October 8 - *Northern Arizona - L 3-1
  • W. Soccer - Friday October 6 - *Northern Colorado - W 2-0

Team Highlights:

  • The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team will look to break out in front of the Big Sky Conference this week as they travel to Portland State Friday (Oct. 13) and Sacramento State on Sunday (Oct. 15).
  • A 3-1 loss to Northern Arizona on Oct. 8, snapped a two-game win streak for the Eagles and now puts them at 1-1 in the conference and 6-7-1 overall. Eastern and Montana were the only two teams in the Big Sky Conference going into their Oct. 8 matches undefeated, but both teams lost and now all eight BSC teams are tied at 1-1.
  • Cat Baller scored the first goal of the match in the 22nd minute on a cross by Melissa Guthrie. In the first Big Sky match of the season on Oct. 6, the Eagles beat the Northern Colorado Bears 2-0. Melissa Guthrie scored first for Eastern in the 74th minute off a long pass by Morgan Lutgens. Shelly Ikerd scored the second goal in the 90th minute off an assist by M'ily Reiter. Eastern outshot the Bears 10-7 for the game. Goalkeeper Tiera Como recorded four saves for the Eagles.
  • Northern Arizona, who lost in the Big Sky Championship game a year ago, was picked to win the conference in the pre-season voting by the conference coaches. Weber State was picked to finish second and has won the past two conference championships. Sacramento State was picked third, followed by Montana, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Idaho State and Northern Colorado.
  • With six wins on the season, the Eagles have the second most wins in Eastern history. The season record for Eastern is seven, which the Eagles accomplished in 2004, 2002 and 2000.
  • As of Oct 9, Eastern was leading the Big Sky in saves, averaging seven per game.
  • The 2-1 victory over Long Beach State on Sept. 22 was 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.
  • Eastern used a season-high 26 players in the game against Birmingham-Southern on Sept. 3.

Individual Highlights:

  • Eastern senior goalkeeper and returning Big Sky Defender of the Year Tiera Como broke into the Eastern record books once again. Against Utah Valley State, Como recorded a total of ten saves in the game to break the record of 350 set by Katie Grothkopp from 1999-2002. As of Oct 9, Como is also leading the Big Sky in saves per game (7.71). Como also owns school records for career shutouts (12) and goals against average (1.39). Currently Como sits in ninth place in the Big Sky Conference for goals against average (1.77) and is fifth in save percentage (.812).
  • Abby Jensen scored her first two goals as an Eagle in the second half of Eastern's 2-1 victory over Idaho, Oct. 3. The first goal came in the 75th minute off an assist by Brittney Doran. Jensen's second goal came with just eight seconds remaining in regulation.
  • Each week, Soccerbuzz.com releases their "elite feet" team of the week. The team is comprised of players from all over the nation. For the week of Sept. 26, Cyeeta Mott was awarded this honor. Soccerbuzz starting naming this team back in 2001. This is the first time that an Eastern player has been named to this team.
  • Eagle senior Cyeeta Mott and Como were named the Big Sky Conference players of the week on Sept. 25, both for their efforts in the win over No. 21 Long Beach State. Como was named the defensive player of the week, the seventh time she has won this honor in her career at Eastern, which is also another record. This is Mott's second time winning the offensive player of the week award. She also won the award back in 2004. This is the first time in Eastern history that the Eagles have won both the offensive and defensive awards in the same week.
  • Cyeeta Mott's game winning goal over Long Beach State Sept. 22, ties her for first in Eastern history with four game-winning goals. Now with eight total goals in her career as an Eagle, Mott is tied for second in Eastern history, second to only Jennie Summers who had 11 goals from 2002-2005. Mott is also tied for third all time in points (19) and shots attempted (68).
  • Jennie Summers is the current leader in points with 26. Beth Russell who played at Eastern from 2002-2005 is first all-time in shots attempted (122).
  • As of Oct 9, Melissa Guthrie is tied for seventh in the Big Sky in total goals (four) and goals per game (0.33).

Comments from Head Coach George Hageage:

  • On This Week's Games: "It is going to be a dogfight at Portland State playing on their turf. At Sacramento, we have a couple of players that are pretty comfortable playing down there. Cyeeta Mott and Kim Robinson are from the area and they feel like that is home, so hopefully that will help us a little bit."
  • On League Race: "It is very interesting. It is wide open and whatever team decides to seize the moment will be the one who ends up with the championship. Right now the teams that were on the road last week have an advantage since they now have home game. As far as fitness, it's going to come down to who is fitter at the end, who has the ability to withstand injuries and who is a little deeper in their bench."
  • On Last Week's Split: "It was not a bad week for us. Obviously, we like to win our home conference matches. Looking at the tape of the NAU game, the first half was better than I thought it was when I was watching. But we just didn't create opportunities. In the second half we had some more opportunities but they finished what they were given. That is why Northern Arizona was one of the pre-season favorites."
  • On Tiera Como breaking the Eastern saves record: "It's a great accomplishment. I don't think it's a record that coaches or goalkeepers really like to have, because with the saves it means there are a lot of shots coming her way. Her save percentage is really good so we will take it. She is a dominate keeper and deserves all the records and accolades she can get."
  • On Como and Cyeeta Mott being named BSC players of the week: "Cyeeta is really starting to come on. She is getting back off of her knee injury that she suffered in the spring and the last two and a half weeks she has been playing really well. It is great to see her named Big Sky player of the week. It is amazing how many times in her career Tiera has been nominated. It is great for her, she deserves it."
  • 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."
  • 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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