|Eagles fall on two first half goals in Big Sky home opener | Photos: Gerald Barnhart - GALLERY|
|Lynsey Gaines (center)|
Their first came in the 20th minute when a ball from Lynsey Gaines found Cori Bianchini in the area and although she was contending with two defenders and appeared to be working toward the right, drawing goalkeeper Nathalie Schwery in that direction, she poked the ball on the bounce the opposite direction to the left side of the goal from about eight yards.
They doubled the lead about eight minutes later on a fantastic strike from Gaines. A long ball forward was chested down by the striker, who quickly turned and struck the ball on the volley, finding the the back right corner of the goal from about 23 yards out.
"Portland State is a good team and took care of the couple chances that they had," said EWU head coach George Hageage. "It's unfortunate again that we are not finding the back of the net. I thought there was a couple dangerous opportunities for us, but not enough."
Between the goals Eastern had two good looks from Cassie Black. The striker fired a quality shot narrowly left of the post from the top of the box in the 24th minute and then sent one just over the crossbar two minutes later from about 24 yards. Five minutes before the break Jessica Wallace also sent an indirect free kick just over the goal.
"I thought we played really well against this team; I think the shots were fairly even, and corner kicks were fairly even. We've played three out of the four [semifinalists] from last year's Big Sky Conference tournament to start the season and.. man, we just can't find the back of the net. But I think the intensity is good and some of the combination play has been good; some of it hasn't, but we'll figure that out as we go along."