Valparaiso, Ind. – Sophomore Chloe Williams scored the game winning goal for the Eastern Washington University soccer team this Friday, Sept. 11, during their match against Valparaiso. With this win, the Eagles have recorded four wins in six matches, breaking the previous school record of four wins in eight matches. Williams also moves up in school ranks, recording 10 career goals to move her to sixth in Eastern history.
The Eagles improve their record to 4-1-1 while the Crusaders fall 2-3-1.
After a scoreless first half, Eastern came out of halftime hungry for a goal. In the 59th minute of play, freshman Allison Raniere received the ball from Williams and scored. Valpo answered back with a goal just four minutes later, leading the two teams into overtime play. During the second overtime period, Williams scored an unassisted goal with less than two minutes left of playing time, bringing the Eagles another victory.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor also saw 108 minutes of playing time, recording a season high of nine saves this game. Her overall record for the season is now 35.
Eastern's defensive line made some essential stops during the game, with three out of four defenders playing the entire match. Sophomore M'kenna Hayes, sophomore Laci Rennaker, and freshmen Emily Bringgold all played the entire 108 minutes of the match.
Despite being outshot by Valpo 13-6, Eastern was able to win the match. Valpo recorded 10 shots on goal compared to Eastern's five.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"Our group battled tonight against a very dangerous Valparaiso team. We just dug in and stayed in the game. Chloe made a good run in the second overtime period and we were fortunate on the shot. We are very proud of the group as a whole. Valpo has a very good midfield lineup and we played a bit differently shape-wise than we have most of the year to put numbers around the midfield. I thought our backline put in a very good shift for us and scrambled when we had to get blocks in front of goal. Mallory made some big saves for us tonight and I thought Savannah worked extremely hard as a lone target for us most of the game. We obviously have a lot to work on but we are grinding through games and finding a way to win. We are proud tonight and wake up tomorrow thinking about the next one as it comes quickly. Overall a great win on the road against an NCAA tournament team last year."
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After tonight's victory, the Eagles have now recorded four wins in six matches, good for the fastest to four triumphs in school history. The previous mark was eight matches prior to this season.
Williams, who played all 108 minutes of double overtime play, now has 10 career goals with the Eastern soccer team. She is now tied for sixth all time in school history.
The Eagles continue their road trip through the Midwest this Sunday, Sept. 13., when they play Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. PT.