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Eastern defends its Big Sky Conference soccer crown

Eagles break open scoreless game with second half penalty kicks


November 9, 2017


Eastern Washington defended its Big Sky Conference soccer title and move on to the NCAA tournament.

It took a while, well into the second half, but Eastern Washington finally broke the ice - literally to some extent - to score late goals for a 3-0 win over the University of Northern Colorado to claim the 2017 Big Sky Conference soccer championship for a second consecutive year.

Played in a constant snowstorm, the Eagles ended a scoreless drought, getting goals from a pair of penalty kicks in the 62nd and 75th minutes from Savannah Hoekstra and Chloe Williams. Alexis Stephenson finished the scoring in the 78th minute on a shot that caromed off the UNC keeper.

Eastern, the 2016 conference c...

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