Observer staff

For the first time in program history, the Eastern Oregon women’s soccer team is the Cascade Collegiate Conference champion.

Anna Roslander scored the game’s only goal in the closing minutes of the first half, and the Mountaineers registered another shutout to top Corban Saturday, 1-0, to complete their stunning climb to the top of the CCC.

Along with the CCC title comes an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championships, marking the second time in three years EOU is bound for nationals.

Roslander scored what proved to be the conference-clinching goal in the 41st minute, putting home a shot on the rebound to give EOU a 1-0 lead.

The defense did the rest for the win, though it didn’t come without some peril in the second half. Corban unloaded 11 shots in the second half seeking an equalizer, but the Mountaineers managed to fend off each attempt and lock up their 10th shutout of the season, and eighth in CCC play.

Cydni Cottrell registered eight saves for the Mountaineers in net, including five in the second half.

Eastern Oregon (10-3-2 overall, 9-1-1 CCC), which matched its program record for conference wins and reached 10 wins for the third time in program history, heads into next week’s CCC tournament in Springfield as the top seed. The Mountaineers open tournament play Friday against the CCC’s No. 8 seed Providence. EOU won the lone regular season meeting, 3-2.

See more in the Oct. 30 edition of The Observer.