Eastern Washington freshman midfielder Lauren Jacobsen scored the first goal of her career Thursday and goalkeeper Lisa Dimak turned back a Weber State penalty kick in the 77th minute as the visiting Eagles opened Big Sky Conference women’s soccer play by blanking the defending regular-season league champion Wildcats 1-0.
The win was the first for Eastern (4-6-1) in Ogden, Utah, and snapped a seven-game road losing streak against WSU (4-7), the preseason favorite of conference coaches to successfully defend its Big Sky title this fall.
Jacobsen’s goal came at the 5:33 mark when the ball landed at her feet following a failed WSU clearing attempt. She was able to loft it over the head of Wildcats goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie.
Idaho’s Sarah Conwell had 18 kills, hit .250 and came up with 11 digs and five blocks, leading the Vandals (7-9, 3-1) to a 3-0 sweep of visiting Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech.
Kelsey Taylor added 11 kills for UI, which hit .243 as a team while limiting Tech to a .064 hitting percentage.
•Rachel Grochmal hit .378 with 19 kills as visiting Pepperdine (9-6, 2-1) swept Gonzaga (5-10, 1-1) in a West Coast Conference match in which no game was decided by more than three points.
GU got eight kills and five digs from Kelsey Bashaw.