Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team won its school-record 10th match of the season Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, besting Portland State, 1-0, to extend its winning streak to eight games.
The Eagles improve their record to 10-1-1overall and 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference, while the Vikings drop to 3-9-0 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
In the last minute of the first half of play, senior Tasha Luu knocked the ball of a Portland State defender and dribbled toward the goal. She went one-on-one with the keeper and shot the ball into the upper seven, scoring Eastern's lone goal of the match.
Eastern's defense played a keep role in today's match, allowing Portland State to only register six shots on goal and to keep the Vikings from scoring during the match. Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor started her 12th match of the season and recorded her second shutout today.
As a whole, Eastern's offense recorded eight shots during the match, four of which were on goal. Portland State recorded 12 shots during the match, six of which were on goal.
Today's match was an aggressive one with Eastern recording 10 fouls and Portland State recording 15. Each team also had one yellow card.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"Today's match was a lot different than Friday. Portland State is a pretty physical team and they needed to win today and you could tell they came out with a lot of urgency. We didn't have our best first half but we dug in defensively and got our second shutout of the year and I am proud of our team and how they keep fighting and finding ways to get a win."
Tweet of the Game
Today's victory marked the first time that Eastern has beaten Portland State since Oct. 19, 2007, a streak of seven matches.
The Eagles will travel to Missoula, Mont., this Friday, Oct. 9, to take on the Grizzlies in their fifth Big Sky Conference match of the season. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. PT.