Ogden, Utah – The Eastern Washington University soccer team picked up its fifth consecutive victory Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, earning a 2-1 road win over Weber State in its Big Sky Conference opener.
EWU improves to 7-1-1 and 1-0 in conference play with the win while Weber State drops to 4-5-1 overall and 0-1 in league action.
Freshman Allison Raniere put Eastern on the board in the 11th minute, converting a pass from freshman Devan Talley to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. Things continued to go right for EWU as Weber State's Joanna Matyjasik was shown two yellow cards in a matter of seconds in the 21st minute, resulting in her ejection from the game. Despite being down a player, the hosts tied the score at 1-1 after Mackenzie Harrison found the back of the net in the 28th minute.
The game-winner would come in the 58th minute as freshman Jenny Chavez corralled a clearance then fired a shot into the low left corner. Eastern's defense took care of the rest, keeping the Wildcats at bay for the remainder of the match.
Raniere put two of her three shots on frame while sophomore Chloe Williams registered a team-high four attempts.
Talley equaled Raniere's total with three attempts, one of which was on target.
Junior Mallory Taylor had a relatively quiet afternoon between the pipes, finishing with two saves.
The Eagles finished with six shots on goal compared to three for Weber State.
The match was a fairly physical one as Eastern was called for 11 fouls while the Wildcats committed four fouls.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"Today was just a tremendous group effort against a very good Weber State team. Weber State came out with a lot of energy, but we scored a great goal against the run of play on a counter-attack. I thought we defended well inside the 18-yard box, and Jenny scored a good goal in the second half. Our team saw the game through and took the air out of it after the second goal. Credit to our group; we keep grinding and finding a way."
Today's win was Eastern's third victory over Weber State in Ogden, Utah, in 11 tries. The Eagles have now won three of its last four matches versus WSU away from home.
The Eagles continue conference play with a road match at Idaho State this Sunday afternoon, Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. PST.