Moscow, Idaho – The Eastern Washington University soccer team faced regular season Big Sky Conference champion Idaho on Friday, Oct. 30, at 3:00 p.m. in a match that would end in a double overtime tie, 1-1.
After today's match, Eastern finished the regular season as the No. 3 seed going into the Big Sky Conference tournament. The Eagles finish the regular season at 6-2-2 in conference play and 12-3-3 overall while the Vandals' final records stand at 13-4-2 overall and 9-0-1 in conference play. The Vandals finish as the No. 1 seed going into the conference tournament and are the regular season Big Sky Champions.
The Vandals scored off of a corner kick early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead. It seemed as though the Vandals had run away with another victory until sophomore Chloe Williams shot from inside of the box to score the equalizing goal in the 82nd minute. The game would go into two scoreless overtime periods, leaving both teams at a 1-1 draw.
Williams not only tied the game for the Eagles, but she was their leading shooter, recording five shots during the match, two of which were on goal. After tonight's goal, Williams holds 11 goals for the season, tying the program's record for goals in a single campaign.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor made essential saves tonight, keeping the score locked in at 1-1 and recording six saves on the night.
It was a very physical match for both teams, Eastern recording 11 fouls to Idaho's 10. During the first half of the match, both teams were even in shots, both teams recording five. Over the next three periods, Idaho had more opportunities for a goal, recording 11 shots through the rest of the match to Eastern's four.
Quoting Coach Bodnar
"Today was a tough environment with weather, the surface of the field, and an opponent that has been on a roll through conference. I thought our team battled and had chances to win. We've shown some resiliency throughout the course of the year when you look at the fact we are 2-1-2 in double overtime games this year. I think today was a great chance for us to play a playoff-type game on the field we will be playing on Thursday. I'm excited about our regular season and really excited about our chances next week."
At the conclusion of their regular season, the Eagles head into the conference tournament with a program record of 12 victories overall.
Eastern is now the only Big Sky team to record a positive result against Idaho this season. The Vandals were 9-0 in league play entering today's match and were looking to become the first team in conference history to complete a perfect season.
With a third-place finish in conference, Eastern is the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, where they will play No. 6 seed Sacramento State in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. The Big Sky Conference Championship will be hosted by Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.