EWU soccer’s memorable season ends in NCAA tournament

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Brad Brown

By Karen McCormick, For the Easterner

What has been the most successful season for EWU Women’s Soccer has come to an end. The Eagles lost 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the University of Southern California (USC) on Nov. 12. However, the 2016 season was filled with several firsts and record-making statistics, including:

– The first-ever postseason win against the Montana Grizzlies

– The first-ever trip to the Big Sky Championship (won 4-3)

– The first-ever NCAA Tournament match

– Record-breaking 13 single-season wins

While the Eagles fell to the No. 2-seed USC Trojans, they did not go down without a fight.

I told our team that we needed to go out there and be ourselves and go represent Eastern Washington in that second half,” said head coach Chad Bodnar. “They did that and I have nothing to complain about.”

EWU will be losing senior goalkeeper Mallory Taylor, who obtained her own personal record against the Trojans with 13 saves. Taylor will finish her career with the Eagles as the all-time leader in saves with 161.

“It’s awesome to know that we are the first team at Eastern to win the Big Sky and make the NCAA Tournament,” said Taylor. “This is a huge milestone for us and this program. I know the team will be hungry to back here next season.”

The Eagles continue to move forward and keep their focus on next season. The team will have several key players returning, including star forward Chloe Williams and midfielder Devan Talley.

I’ve been dreaming of playing in the NCAA Tournament since I was five-years-old,” said Talley. “I’m sad that this season is over, but we came here to compete and we did.”

EWU finishes their season with a 13-5-4 record, their best single-season record in the program’s history.