CHARLESTON (EIU) — The Panthers opened Summit League play Saturday morning. Eastern Illinois men's soccer hosted No. 23 Omaha and held them scoreless ending the match in a 0-0 draw.
EIU improves to a 2-3-5 record, tying their all-time draw record. The last team to have five ties was 1982 when the Panthers finished 13-3-5.
Defense was key for both teams and held each other without a shot in the first 37 minutes of play. Omaha took a total seven shots with five on goal.
EIU kept pace with Omaha. They had five shots with three on goal. Marcus Menniti, Simeon Packer and Shady Omar each had one shot on goal for EIU. Federico Verlichi took two shots for the Panthers.
Goalkeeper Mike Novotny played all 110 minutes in the net for EIU. He tallied five saves for the match. It was his fifth shutout of the season.
EIU will travel to Western Illinois Sept. 30 for a 1 p.m. conference match.
EIU volleyball loses in four sets to Austin Peay
Clarksville, Tenn. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois volleyball traveled to Tennessee to finish up this weekend’s conference play against OVC opponent Austin Peay Saturday afternoon. The Panthers lost to the Governors in a four-set match, 16-25, 25-10, 31-29, 25-18.
The first set would be all about runs, as a huge Panther 8-0 run gave the Panthers a 20-13 lead. EIU didn’t look back and was able to dominate the rest of the set, beating the Governors 25-16.
Austin Peay was able to claim the second and third sets from the Panthers. The second set included the Governors' longest run of the match when they jumped out to a 10-0 run.
The Panthers challenged the Governors in the third set. The set was tied 11 times, and there were four lead changes before the Governors were able to secure the set winning off a Christina White kill to win 31-29.
The Governors were able to close out the match finishing on a 5-0 run led by a Kaylee Taff kill to defeat the Panthers 25-18 in the fourth set.
Leading the Panthers in kills for the match was Laurel Bailey with 12 kills. Maria Brown finished right behind her, scoring 10 kills and recorded 12 digs, claiming her fifth double-double of the season. Taylor Smith claimed another double-double to add to her collection this season totaling 17 assists and 14 digs. Gina Furlin led the Panthers in assists with 20. Leading defensively for the Panthers was Anne Hughes, who collected 24 digs.
The Panthers return to action Wednesday, where they will host SIU Edwardsville for a conference showdown 6 p.m.
EIU women's soccer falls to Austin Peay
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women's soccer saw its overall record dip below the .500 mark for the first time this season as the Panthers dropped a 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference match on Sunday afternoon at Austin Peay.
EIU fell to 5-6-1 overall, 0-3 in the OVC. APSU improved to 7-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the OVC.
The two squads played a balanced first half, with Austin Peay attempting four total shots with one shot on goal which was saved by EIU goalkeeper Sara Teteak. EIU had one shot in the first half.
Austin Peay applied the pressure in the second half as they finished the match with 15 total shots including six shots on goal. Shelby Stewart was able to find the back of the net for the Governors in the 56th minute.
Kirstin Robertson provided an insurance goal for APSU in the 82nd minute as she tapped in a shot from the left side of the goal box after Teteak had made a save on the initial shot by the Governors.
EIU was held to only three shots for the match, with one shot on goal.
EIU women's tennis advances two to flight championships
PEORIA (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women's tennis had one individual and one doubles team advance to the finals of their respective brackets as the Panthers completed play at the Bradley Fall Invite in Peoria on Sunday.
Freshman Rachel Papavasilopoulos advanced to the championship match of the Flight A Singles bracket with wins over Jelena Vujicic of Illinois State on Friday (6-4, 6-0) and Lenka Antonijevic of DePaul on Saturday (6-3, 7-6 (6). Papavasilopoulous would have to withdraw from Sunday's championship match against Sandra Maletin of Bradley due to injury.
In women's doubles action the Panthers double team of Claire Martin and Srishti Slaria advanced to the championship match of the Flight B Doubles bracket. They defeated doubles teams from Illinois State on Friday and DePaul on Saturday to advance to Sunday's finals. In the finals Martin and Slaria fell to Alexa Brandt/Malini Wijesinghe of Bradley, 6-4.
Slaria would pick up a third-place individual finish for EIU playing in Flight B Singles. She beat Courtney Lubbers of Western Illinois (6-3, 6-4) in Sunday's consolation match. Slaria won her Friday match over Maria Potsi of Northern Illinois (6-2, 6-2). She would lose in the semifinals to Veronika Golanova of Illinois State (0-6, 2-6).