Green Bay, Wisc. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team recorded its third straight victory, topping Green Bay 4-2, Sunday night, Sept. 13. Goals by sophomores Chloe Williams and Lexi Klinkenberg and freshman Devan Talley helped put the Eagles ahead to take home another victory on their trip through the Midwest.
The Eagles improve their record to 5-1-1 while the Phoenix drop to 2-5-0.
After an early goal from Green Bay in the third minute of play, the Eagles answered with two goals by Williams. Her first goal came off an assist by sophomore Savannah Hoekstra in the 29th minute. Her second, an unassisted goal in the 34th minute, put the Eagles up 2-1 going into halftime. Williams now owns five goals this season.
Talley would find the back of the net in the 58th minute, spotting Eastern a 3-1 lead that proved too much for Green Bay to overcome.
Eastern saw goals in the second half of the game from Talley and Klinkenberg. Talley's goal came in the 57th minute of play off an assist from junior midfielder Kiana Hafferty. Talley now has two goals this season.
Klinkenberg's goal was off of a corner kick in the 78th minute of the game. Freshman Allison Raniere served the ball into the box and Klinkenberg headed the ball into the back of the net. This is Klinkenberg's first goal of the season.
The Eagles outshot the Phoenix 18-9 during the match. They also recorded more corner kicks (6-1), proving their strong attacking skills. 11 out of 18 of Eastern's shots were on goal, while four out of nine shots for Green Bay were on goal.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"We did some real good things going forward tonight. I think the group responded well to a rough start that saw us go down a goal early. Chloe was very sharp in front of the goal in the first half and pulled us back, but the group as a whole responded well to some adversity. We got to play a bunch of our players and we were able to rest some players -- which I think is important during this long trip that has us playing three games in seven days. We need to clean up some things defensively but we are very proud of our young group that keeps finding a way."
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Eastern's four goals tonight marks the first time that the Eagles have scored at least three goals in a single match since Sept, 28, 2014 – a span of 16 matches.
The Eagles' final match of their trip through the Midwest is Wednesday, Sept. 16, when they play UIC. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. PT.