EOU’s Katherine Hood, right, battles with a Southern Oregon defender Thursday during the Mountaineers’ 3-1 loss. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
The 2013 season has been promising for the Eastern Oregon University women’s soccer team.
But the Mountaineers appeared to have taken a step back in a 3-1 Cascade Conference loss against Southern Oregon University Thursday.
“I’m not pleased with the effort, and I’m not pleased with the attitude of some of our players at this point,” EOU head coach Jennifer Simonetti said.
Eastern Oregon (5-2-1 overall, 1-2-0 Cascade Conference) struck first in Thursday’s game. Danielle Robinson was able to head in a Sydney Nelson corner kick just 6 minutes, 33 seconds into the game.
But after that, it was all
A little more than 20 minutes into the first half, SOU (6-2-3 overall, 2-0-1 CCC) tied the game. Julie Zamzow was able to convert a rebound off EOU goalkeeper Kailey Moss.
The score stayed tied at 1-all until halftime.
Presley Lambert put the Raiders on top at the 52-minute mark on a rebound off the cross bar. Zamzow put the game out of reach in the 87th minute when she floated the ball over Moss’ head for the final goal.
“Lack of organization when we put certain players in certain areas (hurt us),” Simonetti said. “We lose our team unity and that’s what has kept us from getting scored on all season. We lost that today.”
The game was physical throughout, with EOU registering 10 fouls to Southern Oregon’s eight. The Mountaineers outshot the Raiders 9-6.
“We’ve played aggressive teams before,” Simonetti said. “We’ve played dirty teams — all kinds of teams. There’s no excuse for it. We are capable of competing with that team and beating that team. We just didn’t play today.”
The Mountaineers will look to get back on track Saturday when they host Oregon Tech at noon.
The Owls are 4-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the conference.
“They play possession style,” Simonetti said. “They’re going to be hard working and fit.
“They’re going to be technically sound. It just comes down to who shows up to play.”