El Paso, Texas – Starting its 2015 season on the road proved to be a growing experience for the young Eastern Washington women's soccer team as they surpassed UTEP in the 81st minute to bring home a victory during their first match of the 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 21. Goals by sophomore Chloe Williams in the first half and freshman Devan Talley late in the second half gave the Eagles the lead they needed to bring home their first victory of the season.
Friday's victory improves the Eagles to 1-0 on the young season while UTEP drops to 0-1 with the loss.
After Williams evened the score at 1-1 in the 34th minute, Talley provided the eventual game winner late in the second half, taking an unassisted shot into the lower left corner of the goal, just missed by the keeper and leading the Eagles to victory against the Miners.
Williams lead the Eagles in shots for the night, registering six total attempts, three of which were on goal. During the 33rd minute of the game, Williams received a through ball by sophomore Delaney Romero and broke away from the keeper, sending the ball into the back of the net.
Eastern outshot the Miners, 20-11, with 12 of the shots registered on goal compared to the host's seven shots on goal. Freshmen Allison Raniere and senior Tasha Luu led the team in shots, each recording five during the game.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"We played a ton of young players tonight who got a first taste of what it was all about and our returners were very good in spots we needed them. We moved some things around that we saw from our preseason scrimmage and just tried to find pieces that fit well. We used a lot of players as it was very hot. I saw a lot of grit from a group trying to gel. We challenged them a bit at halftime and the response was good. I saw a lot of things we still need to fix obviously but it was more about the battle they showed today to get through a result, especially after going down a goal early."
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11 of Eastern's new players saw playing time at tonight's match, five of which registered shots during the game. Junior goal keeper Mallory Taylor had six saves during the game. It was the Eagles' first season-opening win since 2009 and its second victory over UTEP in as many meetings.
The Eagles will continue their 2015 season on the road to play at New Mexico State on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.