Cheney, Wash. – Fresh off the best regular season in program history, the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team kicks off its quest for a Big Sky Championship title and an NCAA College Cup berth this week in Moscow, Idaho.
Eastern, the Big Sky Championship's No. 3 seed, will square off with No. 6 Sacramento State in a quarterfinal match this Thursday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. PST. Win and the Eagles will face No. 2 Northern Colorado in a semifinal tilt on Friday, Nov. 6, with their eyes on the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Idaho is serving as this year's Big Sky Championship host after claiming the league's regular season title. Fans can purchase tickets to this year's conference tournament at GoVandals.com.
EWU (12-3-3, 6-2-2 Big Sky) enters the league tournament as a top-three seed for just the third time in program history, and the first time since 2009. Eastern set new program records for overall victories (12) and conference wins (6) this season and saw sophomore Chloe Williams become the first Eagle in school history to earn Big Sky Offensive MVP honors.
This season marks the second consecutive year that Eastern has qualified for the Big Sky Championship, something the program had not done since it earned bids in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005.
Sacramento State (7-11, 5-5 BSC), the Eagles' quarterfinal opponent, enters Thursday's contest having won three of its last five matches, including an overtime win over Portland State on the last day of the regular season to clinch its spot in the Big Sky Championship field. The Hornets scored 16 goals in 10 conference matches and conceded 15 scores, registering a pair of shutouts.
Eastern defeated Sacramento State, 3-1, in Cheney back on Oct. 2. EWU raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes behind a pair of goals from sophomore Savannah Hoekstrs and a third from Williams. The Eagles finished with 21 shots to the Hornets' 15 attempts, while Eastern put 10 shots on target compared to just three shots on goal for Sacramento State.
The winner of the Big Sky Championship earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.