EWU women’s soccer is ready for a Big Sky Tournament comeback on their home field

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EWU women’s soccer is ready for a Big Sky Tournament comeback on their home field

The women's soccer team huddles up before a game.

The women's soccer team huddles up before a game.

Ivone Garza

The women's soccer team huddles up before a game.

Ivone Garza

Ivone Garza

The women's soccer team huddles up before a game.

By Karen McCormick, for The Easterner

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The EWU women’s soccer team is seeking redemption in this week’s Big Sky Conference Championship after a 3-2 overtime loss at home in the final regular season game against the Montana Grizzlies on Oct. 28.

The Eagles finished the regular season with an 11-4-3 record. EWU finished as the No. 5-seed in the league. However, because of weather conditions affecting the No.1-seed Idaho Vandals’ field, the Eagles will be hosting the Championships.

“It’s exciting to have it at home,” said junior defender M’Kenna Hayes. “We have fans here. Family and friends get to come, in my opinion it’s meant to be.”

Last season, the Eagles were defeated by Sacramento State in the semifinals. This season, EWU is looking for a more successful outcome; though it will not be an easy road to the finals. The Eagles are facing the No.4-seed Grizzlies again in their first round game this Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. With a seven-game win streak against EWU and coming off the loss this past weekend, the rival Grizzlies will be a strong matchup for the Eagles.

“Getting to play Montana again is going to be really fun,” said Hayes. “We know what we need to work on and it’s going to be exciting.”

If EWU defeats Montana, they will be facing the No.1-seed Idaho in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4. The Eagles were victorious against the Vandals earlier this season on Sept. 25, ending 2-1 in overtime.

With the home field advantage and the highest scoring offense in the league, the big factor of EWU’s triumph in the tournament will be the team’s defense. Throughout the season the defense obtained six shutouts against their opponents.

If successful, the Eagles will play in the finals at their home field on Sunday, Nov. 6.