Oct. 23, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team (6-7, 1-3 Big Sky Conference) plays a game on the road against Weber State Thursday (Oct. 25) at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, then heads home to play Idaho State Sunday (Oct. 28) at 1 p.m.
The Eagles still have a chance for the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
"I think 4-3 is going to get you in. A 3-3-1 is going to be iffy and anything under that we probably are going to have no chance," said Eagles head coach George Hageage. "So we are at the point now where we can maybe afford a tie out of the last three, but we can't afford another loss."
The Wildcats (6-6-2, 2-1-1 BSC) will host Eastern after beating Northern Colorado 1-0 and lost to Northern Arizona 2-0 over the weekend.
"We have a team that can compete with anyone on a given day," said Hageage. "Weber plays physical and goes at you straight ahead. It is going to be an interesting match up. If we can't possess the ball we are in trouble."
The Bengals (5-4-6, 0-1-3 BSC) will play first at home against Montana Friday (Oct. 26) before heading to Cheney.
"Idaho State goes three at top and tries to run at you and pound the ball down your throat," said Hageage "The question is can we control the tempo and keep them from having as many chances as they try to create."
The Eagles beat Portland State Friday (Oct. 19) 2-1 and lost to Sacramento State Sunday (Oct. 21) 4-0.
"I thought we played pretty well," said Hageage. "We just seem to slow down in our possession throughout the second half. We just need to get back to playing simple. We are scoring some goals and that is good. Unfortunately we have been shut out twice."
On Friday, the Eagles as a team set a new single-season record of 22 goals this year. The previous record was 21 goals set in 2000.
Senior Cyeeta Mott had the Eagles' first goal against Portland State to tie the game at 1-1. That goal broke the school record for career goals with 12. The record was held by Jennie Summers (2002-05) with 11.
"We have four games left so hopefully she can add to her records," added Hageage.
She also holds the record for single-season shots with 43. Beth Russell held the record in 2004 with 39. Mott is tied with the school record in single-season points with 10. She is tied with Traci Jellison (2002) and Liz Hail (2001).
Mott also is just one goal away from tying the school record in single-season goals. Traci Jellison (2002) and Liz Hail (2001) hold that record with five goals apiece. She is also just two shots away from tying the school record in career shots of 122 held by Beth Russell (2002-05).
She also set up the penalty kick taken by Brittney Doran, which won the game against Portland State. Mott was tackled in the box to give Doran her opportunity. That was Doran's second goal of her career. Both were off of penalty kicks.
"Brittney has been playing really well," added Hageage. "It is no coincidence that they went right through the middle on us (after she was injured just before halftime). I think that is the biggest thing we can take out of that. My standpoint and she has been our MVP of the year and when she is not in the center for us we are a little different team. We had to make some adjustments and put some people in that didn't have a lot of playing experience. That really hurt us against Sac."
Jessica Blessard was the starting goalkeeper in the games against Portland State and Sacramento State. She recorded a total of 11 saves in those contests.
"I can't think of any of the goals that were her fault," Hageage said.
The Sacramento State game featured three Eagles seeing their first action of their career, as freshmen Lyndsey Martin saw time in both halves, Whitney Weisz played in the first half and Michaela Florio saw playing time in the second half.
"We were down 1-0 at halftime against the Hornets and I thought we were in pretty good shape because we didn't have any starters in the last 15 minutes of the game, and that was the time we were starting to take it to them."
The Eagles lost to Sacramento State Sunday (Oct. 21) 4-0. Freshman Jessica Blessard recorded a total of six saves in the loss.
Junior Doran had the Eagles' only goal in their game on Oct. 12 against Northern Colorado, a 3-1 loss. Her goal came in the 43rd minute off of a penalty kick.
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. Her fourth this year came in a three-game span from Sept. 28-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. The other came 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."
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."