Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team extended its winning streak to seven matches Friday afternoon, Oct. 2, topping Sacramento State, 3-1, in its Big Sky Conference home opener.
Eastern improves its overall record to 9-1-1 and 3-0 in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State falls to 4-7-0 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Early in the first half, sophomore Chloe Williams slotted the ball across the box to sophomore Savannah Hoekstra who shot the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to score her first goal of the season and put the Eagles in the lead 1-0 in the 17th minute. Just six minutes later, Hoekstra received another ball from Williams and found the back of the net again, giving EWU all the momentum it needed.
Williams would tack on a third goal in the 30th minute, effectively sealing the game. The Eagles' defense did the rest, keeping the Hornets' attack at bay before letting in a late consolation goal.
During the 29th minute of the second half, Williams touched the ball to the left of the defenders, taking a killer shot from the top of the box, ricocheting the ball off the cross bar and into the back of the net to score Eastern's third and final goal of the match. This would be the game winning goal for the Eagles and her ninth goal of the season.
Williams also led the team in shots, registering eight during the match. Hoekstra recorded three shots during the match and freshman Allison Raniere had two shots.
Eastern's defense kept the Hornets from scoring until the 87th minute, allowing Sacramento State only three shots on goal the entire match. Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor recorded two saves during the match, keeping the Hornets from scoring the entire 87 minutes that she played.
Eastern outshot the Hornets 21-15, proving just how dangerous its offense is. Eastern tested Sacramento States' keeper, registering 10 shots on goal during the match.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"I thought we came out and played really well in the first half. It was good to see Savannah get off the mark with her first and second goals of the year. We talked this week and I told her that the goals are going to come. She was getting a little frustrated about not scoring, but she was setting up a lot of goals. So it was nice to see her get two goals today. We finished well in the first half and we were able to sub in a lot of different players during the second half and build some rest into the players' legs for Sunday. The players that haven't gotten to play a lot go to play some minutes today and I think that helps everybody on the team."
After tonight's win, the Eagles have recorded seven straight victories, making it the longest win streak in program history. This victory marks Eastern's ninth triumph of the season, tying them with the current record of wins in a season.
Eastern will host its second Big Sky Conference home match this Sunday, Oct. 4, against Portland State. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.