The Eastern Oregon women’s soccer team is off to its best start in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in program history.
The Mountaineers picked up two more road victories over the weekend: a 4-0 win at Southern Oregon Friday, and a 2-0 victory at Oregon Tech Saturday, tightening their grip on first place in the CCC.
EOU moved to 6-0-0 in conference with the sweep, surpassing the 6-1-0 start by both the 2006 and the 2015 squads.
The six CCC victories matches last year’s squad, which went 6-3-2, for third most in program history. Only the 2006 team (7-2-0) and the 2015 team (9-2-0) have more CCC wins.
Saturday’s win over OIT, which entered the day second in the conference, gives Eastern a five-point lead in CCC play over Corban (4-2-1) and a six-point lead over Rocky Mountain (4-1-0) and both SOU and OIT (4-2-0).
Natalie Mitchell and Taylor Boyer both recorded first- and second-half goals as EOU easily dispatched the Raiders for their most lopsided win of the season.
The four goals were a season high for the
Boyer fed Mitchell for the opening goal in the eighth minute, then took a pass from Camie Edgington and beat Raiders goalkeeper Hannah Ceciliani for a goal and a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Boyer made it 3-0 in the 59th minute with a goal from 28 yards out, and Mitchell headed home a goal two minutes later.
Cydni Cottrell recorded three saves for the Mountaineers.
Nan Kiebert and Boyer both scored in the second half, as EOU fended off the Owls in a battle for first place.
Kiebert broke through for EOU in the 70th minute with the eventual difference-maker and Boyer followed with the game-icing goal in the 80th minute.
Cottrell recorded four saves to secure Eastern’s sixth shutout of the season.
EOU (7-2-1 overall) visits Warner Pacific Saturday.
EOU men swept on road
The Eastern Oregon men’s soccer team has put itself in a precarious position in its chase for a berth the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.
EOU was handed a pair of road losses over the weekend — 1-0 to Southern Oregon Friday and 3-1 to Oregon Tech Saturday — which dropped them to 11th place in the CCC at 2-4-1. The top eight teams qualify for the CCC tournament, and EOU has matchups against three of the top five teams in the conference on the slate in its final six games.
Logan Guler scored the game’s only goal for SOU in the 55th minute when he headed in a corner kick.
Aidan Wright made six saves in the loss for Eastern.
The Owls scored a pair of first-half goals — including one in the second minute — and EOU was unable to dig its way out of the hole in suffering its third straight loss.
Brennan Gazdik and Trinidad Flores scored in the first half to give OIT a 2-0 halftime lead.
Jesus Trejo netted a goal for EOU in the 82nd minute to keep the Mountaineers in the game, but Colton Grytness scored on a breakaway mere seconds later for the final margin.
Wright collected five saves.
EOU (5-5-1 overall) is on the road again Friday against Multnomah.