Eastern soccer drops opening matches
Eastern Washington University’s women’s soccer team came up both goal-less and winless in their two opening matches of the season this past weekend at the Sports and Recreation field in Cheney.
The Eagles dropped a 1-0 contest to Gonzaga Friday afternoon and then followed that Sunday getting shutout again, 2-0, be Seattle University.
Despite a fast start in which EWU junior Cassie Black had a scoring chance in the second minute, nothing found the net. Black had other first-half scoring chances, each snuffed by the play of Brianna Smallidge who made three saves on six Eagle shots on goal. Eastern’s offense struggled to get anything going in the second 45 minutes, too, mustering a single shot
Nathalie Schwery made five saves for Eastern as the Redhawks took 16 shots.
Julia Moravec scored in the 49th minute for Seattle with Stephanie Verdoia adding the clincher in the 76th minute.
Mikayla Anderson scored the lone Gonzaga goal in the 40th minute Friday
One of the Eagles best chances came from Black who made a nice turn at the top of the box and fired a shot just over the crossbar in the 83rd minute.
Eastern is at Reno Friday and Washington State Sunday, Sept. 1 and home versus Fresno State next Sunday, Sept. 8 in three nonconference matches.