Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer scored a season-high four goals against Northern Arizona this Friday evening, Oct. 16, topping the Lumberjacks, 4-2, in a physical Big Sky match.
The Eagles improve their overall record to 11-2-1 and 5-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The lumberjacks drop to 7-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play.
Eastern started strong in the first half of the match, recording early goals from freshman Jenny Chavez and sophomore Chloe Williams. The Eagles solidified their dominance in the first half when sophomore Delaney Romero scored Eastern's third goal of the night in the final seconds.
Senior Tasha Luu would secure Eastern's victory, recording its fourth goal of the night early in the second half. Northern Arizona scored two goals late in the second half, but was unable to overcome the Eagles' start.
Williams lead the stats for Eastern once again, recording seven shots, three shots on goal, one goal, and two assists during the match. She now holds 10 goals this season.
The Eagles outshot the Lumberjacks 18-13 during the match. Eastern also recorded more shots on goal, leading Northern Arizona 11-7.
Today's match proved to be a physical one as each team recorded a heavy number of fouls. Eastern was called for 12 to NAU's 10.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"We looked extremely sharp and were very good going forward today. I thought our kids responded extremely well after a tough setback last week. We scored some great goals and looked good in possession and I thought our back line and goal keeping was very good. We will regroup tomorrow and need to focus on getting another good result Sunday at home. I'm extremely proud of our group today."
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Eastern now holds 5 conference wins, which ties them with the most conference wins in a season. The previous record was set last season under Head Coach Chad Bodnar.
The Eagles continue conference play at home this Sunday, Oct. 18, where they take on Southern Utah. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.