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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, J October 22, 2009 1-0, tie PS -1 Eastern on top of Big Sky Conference standings for first time ever in soccer The Eastern Washington Uni- versity women's soccer team broke a stalemate for first place in the Big Sky Conference standings with a 1-0 win over Sacramento State last Sunday afternoon. The teams had entered the weekend tied for first, and the win puts Eastern in sole possession of the top spot with a 3-0-1 league mark. "Today's win puts us one step closer to getting into the (Big Sky) tournament," head coach George Hageage said. "Now we need to focus on Northern Colorado (EWU's next opponent) and hope- fully we will get a win there and then fight the last two games for a regular-season championship." Whitney Brannan scored the game winner at the 50:04 mark when she took the ball at the right end of the box, sped to the left, beating a defender in the pro- cess to create some space before knocking it past the goalkeeper and into the top left corner of the net from 15 yards out. The score was her fifth of the season, tied for the fourth-highest total in school history. "I challenged Whitney to step up and be a little more selfish," Hageage said. "She did in spurts today. Obviously the goal was perfect, holding the ball, making the cut and being patient, but we Whitney Brannan scored the game's over Sacramento State last Sunday. EWU photo lone goal in Easte rn's 1-0 victory Week six of Cheney Free Press football contest decided once again by tiebreaker Jamison Edwards of Medical Lake came closer in the second tiebreaker game between New Orleans and Chicago and won week six of the Cheney Free Press football contest beating Joseph Edwards. Each finalist had five losses in what turned out to be a tough week of picking. Jamison will receive a $50 gift certificate from an area mer- chant. Joseph Edwards will receive a pair of tickets to a future Eastern Washington University home football or basketball game. Be sure to get your chance to win by filling out the entry form found on page 6 of this issue. still have things (offensively) we ping in today (for injured players need to polish up and, if we do Hannah Kreminski and Lyndsey that, we are going to be really Martin) and doing a great job." dangerous." Eastern Washington (6-6-2) The intense, physical gamealso moved its unbeaten streak saw neither team have very many to six games (4-0-2), the longest scoring opportunities, as the in school history. The previous Eagles had four shots on goal, record of four was set in 2004 while Eastern's defense held the (Oct. 8-22) and tied in 2005 (Sept: Hornets to just two shots on target 19-Oct. 2). in the game. Overall, Sacramento The Hornets (7-4-4) had one State outshot the Eagles 14-10. of their best scoring opportuni- Goalkeeper Lisa Dimak posted ties in the 12th minute, when her third shutout of the season Katelin Hopping's shot from 25 - and third in four games - which yards out went off the crossbar ties for the fourth-most in EWU and back into play. Sacramento annals.' State was even closer to getting "Lisa's doing really well," a.tally on the scoreboard in the Hageage said. "She has done a 52nd minute when a hard shot great job for us this year. from Kelsey O'Donnell was "I also can't say enough about headed towards the left portion our back four and with Lauren of the net before Sloyer cleared Jacobsen and Katy Sloyer step- it. Hannesson honors Chelsey Hannesson of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Sky Conference after helping the Eagles to a 1-0-1 week and into sole possession of first place in the league standings just past the midway point of the Big Sky campaign. Last Sunday, the senior did an outstanding job helping the de- fe.nsive line hold Sacramento State to just two shots on goal in a 1-0 defeat of the Hornets. That win broke a tie for the top spot that those two teams had shared entering the weekend. She was also pivolal in holding Portland State to just one tally in 110 minutes of action in a 1-1 double-overtime with the Vikings last Friday, Oct. 16. For the weekend, EWU's defense allowed just that one goal in 200 minutes of action against two of the top four teams in the league standings. Hannesson became the second Eagle in as many weeks to earn defensive honors from the league office. Goalkeeper Lisa Dimak was honored a week ago after posting a pair of shutouts in Eastern's first two league games of the season, 1-0 wins over Weber State and Idaho State. Homecoming volleyball match get les going The Eastern Washington Then Ashley Hamilton had University volleyball team the first triple-double by an commences the second half of Eagle in seven years, as that its Big Sky Conference slate incredible feat was last ac- this weekend in a three-way complished on Sept. 14, 2002, tie for first place in the league by Janelle Ruen against George standings with Portland State Washington in Boise, Idaho. and Northern ffolorado. All Hamilton had 43 assists to go three teams are 6-2 in Big Sky with 11 kills and 14 digs. She play, while the Eagles are 12-7 also hit at an outstanding .526 overall, clip (11-1-19). To start off this portion ofWeber State (5-15, 3-5 BSC) the schedule, Eastern Wash- will ride a two-match winning ington will play host to We- streak into Friday's match, ber State and Idaho State at most recently beating Seattle 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 and University 3-0 and Idaho State Saturday, Oct. 24, respectively. 3'1. The Eagles swept the Over the past weekend the Wildcats 3-0 in the team's Eagles fell to Northern Ari- meeting on the WSU campus zona 3-2 before knocking off on Sept. 26, their fifth-straight UNC 3-1 to create that three- win over Weber State. way stalemate at the top of the Idaho State (9-11, 3-5 BSC) standings, went 1-2 last week, defeating There was a pair of sta- Seattle 3-0 and falling to WSU tistical rarities in those two as well as Utah Valley in five. matches. The Eagles took a 3-2 thriller Chenoa Coviare had 12 that went down the wire (fifth blocks in the NAU contest, the set was 15-13) in Pocatello, most by any Eagle since Keva Idaho, on Sept. 25. That win Sonderen had that total against was the second-consecutive for Weber State on Nov. 9, 2002. Eastern against the Bengals. Eastern Wasl ington escaped a corner kick in the 89th minute and a free kick from 25 yards out with 40 seconds remaining to claim the win. Last Friday, Eastern played a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Portland State as Brittany Sparks extended her school-record goal total with her 10th of the season that came in the 35th minute. Just past the mid-way point in the league schedule, EWU holds down the top spot with its 3-0-1 mark, followed by Idaho State (3-1), Portland State (2-1- 1) and the Hornets (2-1-1). The Eagles now look ahead to hitting the road for the final three games of the regular season. First up is Northern Colorado (4-9-1, 0-4 BSC) on Friday, Oct. 23. Eastern then plays at Northern Arizona (7-7-1, 2-2 BSC) Sunday.. The Howard lorgenson Family proudly sponsors... 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