Eagles Play a Couple of Conference Games at Home
Oct. 16, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team (5-6, 0-2 Big Sky Conference) heads home to play a couple of Big Sky teams, on Friday (Oct. 19) against Portland State at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday (Oct. 21) against Sacramento State at 11 a.m.
The Vikings (4-4-2, 1-0-1 BSC) will come to Cheney after beating Idaho State 1-0 and tying Weber State 0-0 over the weekend.
The Hornets (9-3-2, 1-0 BSC) will play Idaho State on Friday at 11 a.m. before heading to Cheney.
"It is Big Sky season and all of those teams are going to try to run you over and are very direct," said head coach George Hageage. "I think our players weren't ready for so much pressure. As Cynita (Mott) says,`they don't play pretty soccer.'"
The Eagles lost to Northern Colorado Friday (Oct. 12) 3-1 and Northern Arizona Sunday (Oct. 14) 3-2.
Sophomore Chelsey Hannesson scored for the Eagles in the 60th minute off of a free kick 25 yards out against Northern Arizona Sunday. That was her third goal this season and fourth as an Eagle.
"Chelsey is one of the players we have taking free kicks," added Hageage. "That is her third free kick this year. She has quite a record, being able to put the ball in the net."
"Once we started to play more direct we came back against Northern Arizona, but not quite enough," said Hageage. "That is what we plan for the next couple of games against Portland State and Sacramento State is try to not to get behind them and be a little more direct.
"We haven't put together a 90-minute game yet. I was really happy with the Northern Arizona second half."
Junior Brittney Doran had the Eagles' only goal off of a penalty kick in the 43rd minute against Northern Colorado Friday (Oct.12). That was Doran's first career goal as an Eagle.
"The road trip was tough. Northern Colorado beat us. We just didn't play well," said Hageage. "Brittney (Doran) scored on a penalty kick. Abby Jensen usually takes those, but she was out at the time. That was good for Brittney.
"It is anybody's game for any of these teams this week. And it is going to be who sets the tone and who is going to get behind the other team. That is something we are going to work on this week."
Senior Brittney Doran had the Eagles' only goal in their game on Friday (Oct. 12) against Northern Colorado, a 3-1 loss. Her goal came in the 43rd minute off of a penalty kick.
Senior Cyeeta Mott tied the school record for career goals with 11 when she scored her game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of a 3-2 win over San Jose State on Sept. 30. The assist came from freshman Lauren Kolezer.
Mott tied Jennie Summers (2002-05) for that record and now holds the record for career points at 27 to break Summers' 26 and holds the record in game-winning goals with five to break the three-way tie of four with Beth Russell (2002-05) and Summers. Mott is also just eight shots shy of breaking the career points record of 122 held by Summers.
Junior Abby Jensen is about to break the school record for single-season goals with four. Traci Jellison (2002) and Liz Hail (2001) hold the record with five goals apiece. Jensen has a total of six goals in her career and her four in a three-game span from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7.
Jensen was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1.
The University of Washington defeated Eastern 2-1 Sept. 28. The Eagles had the lead going into halftime 1-0 with a goal by Jensen. The Huskies then struck back with two goals of their own in the last five minutes.
The visiting Eagles beat San Jose State 3-2 Sept. 30. The goals came from Jensen, who scored twice, and the other from Mott with the assist coming from Koelzer.
The Eagles beat Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 at home Sept. 14. Hannesson had the only goal in the 86th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Eastern lost to Boise State 3-1 Sept. 16 in Boise, Idaho. The only goal for the Eagles was in the fourth minute by Mott.
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.
The Eagles held a soccer camp 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.
George Hageage on the 3-2 loss to Northern Arizona: "We came out a little flat and they were able to capitalize right away. I think the disappointing thing right now is that we are not setting the tone early on like we have in some of the other games."
Goeorge Hageage on Nicole De Shazo's goal: "We just flooded the box. She is a defender and we are having her push more to the middle of the field to get more toughness as we enter the Big Sky season."
George Hageage on Abby Jensen: "Abby is doing really well. We are starting to be able to use our outside midfielders a little bit, and she is just cleaning up the stuff that is coming out of the box. She is doing a great job."
George Hageage On Beating Idaho 2-1: "It was a good game for us. We pretty much dominated. There was about a 15-20 mile per hour wind. So in the first half we had it and were on top of them. In the second half it kind of evened out play and they got some shots off and we were really dangerous until that penalty kick."
George Hageage On Beating San Jose State 3-2: "It was a good comeback from being down 2-0. Their stadium is really small. We play on the football field basically. It is a very short, narrow field, and the system of play we like wasn't appropriate for that field."
George Hageage On Playing Washington a 2-1 loss: "They were surprised with our pace and our ability to hold the ball, and I don't think they were ready for it."
George Hageage On Abby Jensen Being Named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week: "Three goals in two games is hard to beat. Unfortunately it wasn't the game-winning goal against Washington."
George Hageage On Beating Utah State 2-1: "We played really well the first 15 minutes of the game. We matched up real well with them. We used the outside midfielders a lot and started to attack."
George Hageage On Playing Against Boise State: "We silenced the crowd really quick but were never really able to put some of our other shots away and that kind of cost us. 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."
George Hageage 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. 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."
George Hageage On the 2-0 Loss Against Gonzaga: "My worry with Gonzaga was they were going to come out strong. 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."
George Hageage On the Second Half Improvement Against Gonzaga: "We are going to take from that and grow from it. 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."
George Hageage On Possibly Pushing Back the Game Against the Bulldogs: "It is really hard for both of us to do with our conference schedules, but if we could push the game back so we are both in school (Eastern started classes on Sept. 26), then I think you will see a lot of people showing up for that game.".
George Hageage On starting season off 1-0: "It was a good game for us. We got a lot of things accomplished. It was definitely a good game to start off with (a 5-0 win over Lamar)."
George Hageage On how EWU played in its first game: "It is always a struggle to come off (1-0). 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."
George Hageage On how Eastern played against Temple University: "It is a big difference between conference and non-conference. We battled real well statistically; it was pretty even. It was one of those unfortunate things (a 3-2 double-overtime loss). We gave them opportunities that were softer and we need to clean that up."