Missoula, Mont. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team fell, 2-1, at Montana on Friday afternoon, Oct. 9, in a double overtime match. A goal in the 108th minute from Montana ended Eastern's eight game winning streak.
The Eagles drop to 10-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in Big Sky Conference play while the Grizzlies improve their record to 5-7-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference play.
After Montana scored in the 16th minute of play, Eastern saw an opportunity to even the score off of a corner kick in the 36th minute. Sophomore Chloe Williams took the kick, and freshman Jenny Chavez got a head on the ball to score Eastern's lone goal of the match, bringing the score to 1-1 in the first half, and later leading both teams into double overtime play.
Junior Goalkeeper Mallory Taylor recorded five saves during the match, playing the entire 108 minutes of the double overtime match. Eastern's defense proved their growing strength, keeping Montana from scoring during the entire second half of the game and the first overtime period.
Williams lead the team in shots, recording three shots during this match. Other top shot takers were freshman Allison Raniere (two shots) and Chavez (two shots). Williams recorded two shots on goal, while Raniere and Chavez recorded one.
Eastern recorded 14 shots, six of which were on goal. Both teams were even in number of saves, each making five saves during the match. The teams were also fairly even in fouls, Eastern recording 10 and Montana recording 11. Eastern led both teams in corner kicks, 5-2.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"Today was a disappointing result for us. We fought for 108 minutes, and its hard to see road points slip away with two minutes left. Montana is a big, physical side that played very direct at us, and the field was heavy, which didn't really suit our style of play. That being said, we were right there to a get a point and move on. Credit to Montana for a very good performance today. We've got to regroup and keep improving and make sure we see games through to the end."
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Eastern's goal marked the first time that the Eagles have scored against the Grizzlies since 2009, when they beat Montana 1-0 in Missoula, Mont.
Eastern will play its next two games at home, playing Northern Arizona on Friday, Oct. 16, and Southern Utah on Sunday, Oct. 18. Kickoff for each game is 3:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.