Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team left it all on the field this Friday, Aug. 28, during their 1-1 double overtime draw against CSU Bakersfield. A shocking late goal by CSU Bakersfield in the 87th minute seemed to be the end of the back-and-forth match, until freshman Alexis Stephenson sent a through ball to sophomore Chloe Williams, which she perfectly placed into the bottom left corner of the net, sending the game into overtime.
Late goals by both teams in the second half led to the no scoring double overtime, leaving the Eagles with a 2-0-1 season record and the Road Runners a 1-0-1 record.
After a late goal by CSU Bakersfield in the second half, Williams rounded the keeper to place the ball in the bottom left corner of the net after being played on by Stephenson to lead the Eagles into overtime with 10 seconds left on the clock.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor had several amazing saves during the game, saving four out of five shots on goal. Her current season record of saves now improves to 17.
EWU's backline also showed their growing strength, blocking many of CSU Bakersfield's shots. Junior M'Kenna Hayes played all 110 minutes of the match, while sophomore Laci Rennaker missed just six minutes of the match. Freshmen Emily Bringgold and sophomore Abby Klinkenberg also played key roles in Easten's defensive success.
Williams also led the team in shots during the game, totaling seven attempts, one of which included the game-tying goal. Two new faces also recorded a number of shots as freshman Alexis von Schottenstein and Stephenson each registered three shots during the game.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"I think we played somebody that plays a little differently than what we have seen so far and it took us a little while to figure out what we needed to do to adjust to be dangerous. We came out pretty flat to start the game which is disappointing starting your first home game. But not quitting and scoring with three or four seconds left is a plus. I thought both teams had chances to win and score. We have to recover now because we have a road trip against a tough team on Sunday."
"Overall, I think there are a lot of positives on the work rate of some of our forwards and how they tracked balls down and hunted balls out of their back line, but I thought we got cut open in the back, too, with a couple balls over our head. Overall it's a draw, its never fun but it was a fair result for how back and forth the game was today."
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This match leaves the Eagles with a 2-0-1 record after three games this 2015 season, continuing their season without a loss. Eastern's previous best season came in 2014, where the Eagles began their first three games with a 2-1-0 record.
The Eagles take the road this weekend to Portland, Ore. where they will face UC Davis, Sunday, Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.