Chicago, Ill. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team played its final match in the Midwest this Wednesday night, Sept. 16., overcoming UIC 1-0, after an early score in the first half by sophomore Chloe Williams. The Eagles would hold the Flames without a goal, marking the Eagles' first shutout of the season.
The Eagles improve their record to 6-1-1, while the Flames drop to 2-6-1.
Not 20 minutes into the game, sophomore Savannah Hoekstra fed a ball into the box. Williams received the ball and shot it into the open net to score Eastern's lone goal of the match. After tonight's win, Williams now holds seven goals and is tied for fourth all-time in the program's single-season history.
Williams continued her scoring streak, finding the back of the net for the fourth consecutive game.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor only needed to make one save on the night as EWU's back line frustrated the Flames' offense for the full 90 minutes.
Eastern registered 10 shots to UIC's three attempts, snuffing out any opportunities for the Flames to get on the scoreboard.
Quoting Coach Bodnar:
"I thought we had a really good road trip that ended with us having to dig in defensively tonight to see the game through. I thought we looked sharp and were dangerous in the first half. I thought we had most of the ball. We sat in a little deeper defensively than I would have liked to see in the second half and allowed them to come in to the game a little bit with their possession, but we still looked steady in the back and created a few really good chances."
"It was good to see a clean sheet defensively and we are all very proud of a good start to our season. We are also fully aware that starting next week we are 0-0 in conference play and have a lot of work ahead of us to keep improving and getting good results."
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Not only is tonight the first shutout of the season for Eastern, but it is their fourth straight win of the season. This is the first time in program history that EWU has won four consecutive games.
Eastern has now won 11 true road games in two seasons under Head Coach Chad Bodnar. The Eagles had won 24 true road games in the previous 16 years prior to his arrival in 2014.
The Eagle's kickoff Big Sky Conference play against Weber State in Ogden, Utah, next Friday, Sept. 25. The match is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. PST.