Lady Eagles open soccer season with back-to-back wins

The USU-Eastern Lady Eagles soccer team opened the season with back-to-back wins, topping both Northeastern and Western Wyoming Friday and Saturday in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Starting the weekend road trip with a game against Northeast, the Lady Eagles cruised to a 2-0 win, scoring one goal in each half.

Alexi Barbosa scored the season’s first goal in the 35th minute off of an assist from Rachel Neff. The Lady Eagles scored their second goal of the game five minutes into the second half as Kameron Samuels found the back of the net.

USU-Eastern managed to sweep the weekend the following day with a 3-2 win over Western Wyoming, defeating the Mustangs on their home field.

Barbosa scored her second goal of the season in the 25th minute to give the Lady Eagles an early lead. Western Wyoming answered immediately to tie the game as Madisyn Cantrell scored on an assist from Kenzie Lucas.

With the game tied 1-1 Ryan Virgil recorded her first of two assists, finding McKenna Brown for the go-ahead score. Holding a 2-1 lead at the break, the Lady Eagles extended the lead in the second half with a goal by Melanie Graves, again assisted by Virgil.

Shayann Jones recorded four saves during her second full-time start at goalie. Jones played every minute in the crease for the Lady Eagles over the weekend.

Sitting 2-0 after the opening weekend USU-Eastern will look to stay unbeaten when they play host to Mesa State’s club team on Saturday at home. Start time for Saturday’s home opener is set for 1:00 pm.