Cheney, Wash. – After four consecutive road wins, the Eastern Washington University soccer team is looking for a fifth this Friday, Sept. 24, when they head to Utah to play in their first Big Sky Conference match of the season against Weber State. They continue the start to their league schedule on Sunday, Sept. 27, against Idaho State. Kickoff for each game is at 2:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. respectively.
After last week's win against UIC (Sept. 16), Eastern has now recorded four consecutive wins for the first time in program history. With their success on the road this season, 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 to his arrival in 2014.
"I think that just shows the players' grit and determination," said Bodnar on his team's 9 consecutive road wins this season. "We have taken some tough road trips and we do that to prepare for what's coming in conference because we have a lot of tough road trips in conference. It's a pretty good streak but at the end of the day it is the conference matches that matter to us and our minds are focused on that."
The last matchup between Eastern and Weber State proved to be a very successful win for the Eagles, 5-1. Eastern saw three goals from returning players sophomore Chloe Williams, junior Kiana Hafferty, and sophomore Savannah Hoekstra. The other two goals were achieved from graduated player Cassie Black. Eastern outshot Weber State 20-18 during last year's match.
Eastern's last matchup against Idaho State was not as simple as their 5-1 victory over Weber State. Against the Bengals, Eastern went into double overtime where Idaho State scored the game winning goal in the 107th minute of the second overtime period to win the match, 2-1. Williams recorded Eastern's lone goal during this match.
As Eastern heads into this week's matches with a record of 6-1-1 to lead the Big Sky Conference, Weber State is currently tied for fifth with a record of 4-4-1 and Idaho State is currently in last with a record of 1-7-1.
"Idaho State and Weber State are two tough opponents," Bodnar said. "Weber State is returning some good players that they lost last year to injury. These are two tough places to go in and play. It's on the road and it's a conference match so everything is going to be a dogfight, and we expect that. We are just trying to prepare the best we can this week."