The Eastern Oregon men’s soccer team is off to its best start in Cascade Collegiate Conference play in its four-year history.
The Mountaineers opened conference action Friday with a comeback 2-1 win over Providence in Great Falls, Montana, and followed that with a 4-0 rout over Carroll in Helena, Montana, Sunday.
EOU 2, Providence 1, OT
Michael Ebel scored the game-winning goal just 73 seconds into overtime, lifting Eastern Oregon to a come-from-behind victory.
The freshman from La Grande put home the game winner on a bicycle kick in the 92nd minute, less than six minutes after Eastern scored the equalizer to force overtime. Carlos Solorio knotted the score in the 86th minute off a pass from Jacob Thielke.
Up until then, the Argos held the lead most of the match, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Luis Macias in the 24th minute.
Eastern had a dominant 17-4 advantage in shots and outpaced Providence in shots on goal, 10-2.
EOU 4, Carroll 0
Three freshmen accounted for all the scoring — including two goals from Connor Young — as EOU moved to 2-0 in CCC play with a blowout win.
Young scored in the fourth and 75th minutes for the Mountaineers. In between, Ebel followed his goal Friday with another goal in the 23rd minute, and Cristian Miramontes put home a shot in the 55th minute.
EOU was 4-for-8 on shots on goal and held a 17-15 edge in total shots.
Aidan Wright made nine saves to help preserve the shutout.
EOU (4-1-1 overall, 2-0 CCC) hosts Southern Oregon Friday.
EOU women start CCC with loss, tie
The 19th ranked Eastern Oregon Mountaineers women’s soccer team began its pursuit of a second straight Cascade Collegiate Conference title on the wrong foot.
EOU saw two second-half leads vanish during their road trip to Montana, falling to Providence in overtime Friday, 2-1, and settling for a 3-3 tie at Carroll Sunday.
The five goals allowed pushes Eastern’s total on the season to nine, one more than it allowed all of 2017 — and Sunday was the third straight game EOU has given up multiple goals.
Providence 2, EOU 1, OT
EOU gave up the tying goal with less than 23 minutes to play in regulation, then fell in overtime as Providence’s Malena Lennon scored the golden goal in the 93rd minute to lift the Argos Friday afternoon in Great Falls, Montana.
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead into the half when Kaitlyn McLeod scored off a pass from Cailin Koupal in the 44th minute.
That lead held until Grace Ibsen put home goal off a rebound in the 68th minute.
The Argos outshot EOU 17-11, and had a 13-4 advantage in shots in the second half and overtime.
Cydni Cottrell made five saves for EOU.
EOU 3, Carroll 3, 2OT
The Mountaineers seemed poised for a win before Carroll scored twice in the final 76 seconds of regulation to force overtime, and the teams battled to a draw Sunday in Helena, Montana.
After allowing an early goal to Carroll’s Kirsten Girolami, EOU pulled ahead 3-1 by halftime on goals by Abri Cardenas in the ninth minute, Taylor Boyer in the 18th minute and Morgan Farrington in the 34th.
But Tayla Vaira scored on a rebound off a Carroll penalty kick in the 89th minute, then Vaira knotted the score on a shot from about 30 yards out with 36 seconds to go.
Cottrell recorded six saves for Eastern.
The Mountaineers (4-1-1 overall, 0-1-1 CCC) host Southern Oregon Friday in their home opener.