Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University soccer team played a hard fought battle against Southern Utah Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, falling to the Thunderbirds 1-0.
The Eagles drop to 11-3-1 overall and 5-2 in Big Sky Conference play while the Thunderbirds improve to 7-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in conference play.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Thunderbirds had their breakthrough, scoring in the 49th minute to take a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore Chloe Williams came close to scoring immediately after, hitting the crossbar from 25 yards out.
Eastern kept up the pressure, peppering SUU's goal with eight shots over the final 10 minutes, but none would find the back of the net as the visitors secured the upset victory.
Sophomore Chloe Williams led EWU with seven shots, three of which were on goal.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor recorded five saves during the match.
The Eagles recorded 12 shots during the second half of the game, outshooting the Thunderbirds who had 12-20.
The Eagles took many dangerous shots during the game, recoding 10 shots on goal.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"We are all very disappointed with today's result. There is no excuse for our performance at home today. I obviously didn't prepare our group well enough to get the result we should've gotten in a conference game at home. I need to do a better job. We will learn from it and continue the path forward. There is a lot of season left so we need to have a short memory and get on with things."
Tweet of the Game
The defeat keeps Eastern from clinching a spot in the Big Sky Championship with as the conference season winds down. Both Idaho and Northern Colorado clinched bids to the postseason tournament earlier today.
The Eagles will travel to Greeley, Colo., this Friday, Oct. 23, to face the Northern Colorado Bears in their eighth conference match of the season. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PST.