Natalie Mitchell and Nan Kiebert both scored in the second half as the Eastern Oregon women's soccer team scored a 2-0 victory over Carroll Friday afternoon, handing the Saints their first Cascade Collegiate Conference loss in nearly two years.
In a defensive battle played in a brisk wind, the Mountaineers broke through with a dominant second half with the win at their backs. Mitchell scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute off a pass from Rosalie Salisbury. Kiebert headed home her goal in the 73rd minute, with Taylor Boyer and Mariana Madrigal earning the assists.
Cydni Cottrell recorded two saves for the win, both in the first half. Carroll managed just two shots total in the second half, and neither were on frame.
It was EOU's second straight shutout, and was the third time in eight days the Mountaineers have scored the winning goal in the second half.
The loss was the Saints' first in CCC play since Oct. 2, 2015.
The win makes Eastern the only unbeaten team in the CCC at 3-0-0.
EOU men also blank Saints
Aldo Rivas headed home the difference-maker in the first half Steven Beaudry scored in the second half, and the EOU men got back on track with a 2-0 win over Carroll Friday for their first home win of the season.
Rivas scored his goal by heading home a long cross pass from the right wing by Carlos Peregrina in the 24th minute. Beaudry scored in the 49th minute also off a pass from Peregrina.
The match also became a physical, and sometimes chippy, contest, especially in the latter part of the first half and into the second half. The teams collected a combined five yellow cards, including four on EOU in the second half.
Aidan Wright had three saves in the win for the shut out. Eastern (2-1-1 CCC) also outshot Carroll, 16-15.
See the complete recap in the Oct. 2 edition of The Observer.
Eastern Oregon's Rosalie Salisbury, right, battles for possession with Carroll's Brynn Walker during Friday's match. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)