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EOUís Mauriana Gonzalez clears the ball during the season opener, a 4-0 win. (CASEY KELLAS/The Observer)
EOU notches win over Trinity Lutheran to match last season’s win total
The Eastern Oregon University women’s soccer team has already matched its win total from a year ago and the Mountaineers are only one game into the season.
EOU defeated Trinity Lutheran University 4-0 Saturday in the season opener and the start of the Mountie Madness Tournament.
“It was so important (to get this win),” senior Mauriana Gonzalez said. “We actually lost to (Trinity Lutheran) two years ago. So coming into this, new season, new players, it was so awesome.”
The Mountaineers dominated the game but had trouble finding the back of the net. EOU outshot the Eagles 19-4 in the first half but neither team scored a goal.
Gonzalez finally broke the scoreless tie in the 53rd minute with a long floater that cleared the goal keeper’s head.
“I hit it one time and saw the keeper was way up, so I said, ‘Hey, let’s see what happens.’ And it went down,” Gonzalez said of her goal.
The floodgates opened up after that.
Haley Hill found the back of the net in the 80th minute to add to the Mountaineer lead. A minute later, Tori Fedora pounded the ball through and five minutes after that Kirsten Watkins scored to make it 4-0.
“I’m really impressed with the girls,” EOU head coach Jennifer Simonetti said. “For as frustrating as it was that we couldn’t score early on, they kept their composure and continued to do the same things that we’ve been working on. It finally clicked and we got a goal. They were composed and patient and worked for the win.”
Sydney Nelson added two assits in the win, while Annie Konrad and Fedora both had one. EOU outshot TLU 36-7 for the contest. EOU goalkeeper Kailey Moss allowed no goal and had no saves as the Mountaineer defense kept the Eagles at bay.
“I think last year we gave up early goals and we gave up goals to lesser teams,” Simonetti said. “This year, we’re doing a really good job of working to keep the ball out of the back of the net under any circumstances. So, I think it gives us a lot more confidence going forward.”
The Mountaineers return to the pitch today at 1 p.m. to host the University of Great Falls.