Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team won its third match of the season in a nonconference match against local team Idaho this Monday, Sept. 7. Goals by sophomore Chloe Williams and sophomore Delaney Romero put the Eagles up 2-0 in the first half. The Vandals would score later in the second half, but the Eagles would finish the second half on top to win 2-1.
The Eagles improve their record 3-1-1 while Idaho drops to 2-3.
After William's goal in the 23rd minute, Romero received a through ball from Williams to put her past Idaho's defensive line. Facing one-on-one with the visitors keeper, Romero shot the ball into the upper left corner of the goal to score just a minute after William's goal.
Eastern's first goal was a true team effort. During a free kick, freshman Allison Raniere touched the ball to freshman Devan Tally. Tally sent a through ball to Williams who finessed the ball past the defense and shot it into the bottom left corner of the goal, where it found the back of the net.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"I thought we started really slow, we had to make a tactical adjustment in the midfield. They were really aggressive in the midfield and we didn't start well. I thought we played the second part of the first half really well. We saw some spirts of things we can do and then I think we took the second half off. Credit to the players – they fought and found a way to win and that's what we have been preaching. Sometimes that's what you have to do. We just need to get to where we are playing a complete 90 minutes."
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After tonight's win, the Eagles have attained their best record since 2007 -- where their record after five games was 3-2-0.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor recorded 5 saves during the game, all of which were on goal. Her total saves for the season is now 26.
The Eagles head for Indiana for their next game, facing Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 11. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT.