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Thunderbirds Split Weekend With Loss to Eastern Washington

The Southern Utah University soccer team wrapped up their second weekend of Big Sky play Sunday afternoon in Cheney, Washington. After scoring three goals at home against the Idaho Vandals on Friday, the Thunderbirds were held scoreless in a 4-0 loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles.

“Eastern came out with a lot of energy and really got after it and for the most part in the first half I felt like we did a good job of holding our lines and making it difficult on them,” head coach Fred Thompson said. “The second half was an unusual performance for us. We gave up a couple set piece goals and we don’t normally give up those types of goals.  We’ll go back, clean those up, and hope to get back to where we were on Friday moving forward.”

Eastern Washington struck first in the 19th minute when the leading scorer for the Eagles, Chloe Williams scored her sixth goal of the season on a one-timer that beat Thunderbird goalkeeper Kaitlyn Caldera to her right.

Caldera finished the first half with five saves on 18 shots faced.

The Eagles scored three more times in the second half with goals in the 51st, 72nd, and 77th minutes. They would go on to win the match 4-0.

“It is going to be nice to be able to settle in and have two full weeks of training,” Thompson said. “We’ll use this week to bounce back to who we are. We’ll continue to play with confidence, play for each other, and get better with every game.”

The Thunderbirds will now look ahead to the upcoming four-game homestand. They will host Idaho State and Weber State next week during Southern Utah’s homecoming weekend.

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SUU Strategic Athletic Communications

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