Cheney, Wash. – After starting the season with consecutive victories for the first time in program history, the Eastern Washington women's soccer team will recover this week during their first extended break of the season. The last four games for the Eagles proved to be one for the record books, as their first two games recorded the first time in history the Eagles have won both games. After two more matches the week following, the Eagles rest at a 2-1-1 record, looking to come together and improve come Monday, Sept. 7, when they host local foe Idaho at 3:30 p.m. PT.
After four games of play, the Eagles are seeing promising performances from the young team. Tied at fourth place in the Big Sky standings with Montana, Eastern beats opponents in shots per game 16.5 to 15.2. In the Big Sky rankings, Eastern leads the conference in shots and corner kicks, showing that the team currently creates the most goal scoring opportunities in the conference. Sophomore Chloe Williams and Freshman Allison Raniere are currently ranked second and third, respectively, from their contributions to shots overall. Williams currently holds 14 shots overall while Raniere recorded 13 shots overall. Williams is also ranked second in shots per game (recording and average of 3.50) while Raniere is ranked fifth (3.25).
Contributing to Eastern's Big Sky leading ranks, junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor ranks in the top 5 in goals against average (ranked fourth), saves percentage (fourth), saves overall (tied for second), and saves per game (third).
Coming off the bye week, the Eagles will have a match early in the week against Idaho on Monday, Sept. 7, followed by away games Friday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 13, against Valparaiso and Green Bay respectively. This will be the first time the Eagles will meet with the Crusaders and the Pheonix.
Last season, Eastern met with the Vandals twice, splitting wins with the local foe. The Eagles won their first match early in the season, 4-0, where they saw goals from returning players sophomore Savannah Hoekstra, sophomore Ua Ruedy, and sophomore Paige Gallaway. The team then fell to Idaho later in the season 1-0.