Las Cruces, N.M. – Senior Tasha Luu scored the game-winner in double overtime as the Eastern Washington University soccer team topped New Mexico State, 2-1, in a close-fought battle Sunday, Aug. 23. This win is the first time in history that the Eagles have started a season with two victories.
Sunday's match improves the Eagles to 2-0 on the young season while NMSU drops to 0-1 with the loss.
After 90 minutes, both teams were deadlocked at 1-1. Both team's had chances at goals in the first overtime period, but it was Luu's effort in the 107th minute, on a pass from sophomore Savannah Hoekstra, that won the game for the Eagles.
Freshman Emily Bringgold scored her first Division I goal against NMSU during the 31st minute of the game.
EWU's defense was solid throughout the day, and junior goalie Mallory Taylor was stellar in goal in only her second game for the Eagles, making seven saves.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"We played in some of the toughest conditions possible this weekend. We travelled a long way, played in extreme heat, in altitude, and against a team today that didn't have a game on Friday and were fresh.
Our group honestly didn't play well today. We fought and found a way to get a win and we move on. There was a lot of heart and effort left on the field in the 108th minute when we finally scored, but we ran at them both overtime periods and just found a way. I'm proud of that part. Savannah couldn't play much today because she was down with the flu but gave us 18 great minutes in overtime. But Tasha and Emily both scored big goals and we take the positive from the fact we just had to grind and get a result. Mallory was solid again in between the pipes and came up big at the end of the game with a tough save. Now we will rest and travel and try to get healthy because we get to do it again next week! Proud of our group, coaches and players."
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This match is one for the record books. Eastern has now won back-to-back games to start a season for the first time in program history.
Not only this, but it is also the first time the Eagles have won in double overtime since 2002.
The Eagles will play at home this Friday, Aug. 28, against CSU Bakersfield. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.