EIU women edge Western Illinois

CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women's soccer won its third straight match as the Panthers held off Western Illinois, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field. EIU improved to 5-2-1 on the season, while WIU dropped to 0-6.

Sarah DeWolf put the Panthers up 1-0 in the 29th minute as she had a quick touch for a goal on a ball passed through the zone by Emma Scaro. The Panthers led 1-0 at the half as they held a 9-3 shots advantage.

Kate Olson put an important insurance goal on the board for EIU in the 53rd minute as she headed home a ball that deflected off the cross bar on a throw-in by Hannah Heinz. It was Olson's second goal of the weekend and her second game winner. On Friday she had the golden goal in the second overtime that beat Fort Wayne.

Stacie Wolfgram scored Western Illinois first goal of the season in the 77th minute as the Leathernecks continued to attack the goal. Wolfgram stole the ball on a turnover and dribbled through a couple of EIU defenders before beating the goalkeeper to the upper-right corner. WIU had an 8-3 shots advantage in the second half.

EIU returns to action on Friday evening at Marian (Ind.) University and then will open Ohio Valley Conference play next Sunday at home against SIUE at 1 p.m.

EIU men shut out Saint Francis

CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men’s soccer played with a man advantage for just over 40 minutes before the Panthers could capitalize during a 1-0 win over Saint Francis on Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field. EIU remains undefeated on the season, moving to 2-0-4. Saint Francis fell to 2-2-1.

EIU was able to gain a man advantage when Josh Holberry was handed a red card in the 39th minute. EIU was able to end the first half with a 4-2 advantage in shots.

In the second half, EIU continued to press and had two shots hit the post and another bounce off the cross bar. Shady Omar had his shot hit the post in the 51st minute. Jonathan Huerta then had one shot hit off the post in the 69th minute and another hit the cross bar in the 73rd minute.

An opportunity finally paid off for Huerta and the Panthers offense as he served a corner kick into the goal box in the 82nd minute that senior Zach Medawattage finished into the back of the goal for the game’s lone tally.

EIU would finish the match with a 10-4 shots advantage. Mike Novotny posted a shutout making two saves.

EIU returns to action Wednesday with a road match at Marshall.

EIU volleyball drops two sets Saturday

CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois volleyball closed out the Panther Classic against Western Illinois Saturday evening. The Panthers lost to the Leathernecks in their final contest of the tournament, losing a three-set match to Western Illinois (15-25, 23-25, 16-25). Chicago State won the tournament.

EIU closed out the Panther Classic with a record of 1-2. Eastern Illinois falls to 4-5 on the season.

Western Illinois came out firing in the first set to beat EIU 25-15.

The Panthers battled back, keeping the Leathernecks on their heels in the second set, causing four lead changes throughout the set and tying the game eight times. Laurel Bailey and Taylor Smith stepped in, leading the Panthers in kills both totaling four. However, the Leathernecks were able to seal the victory from a Mackenzie Steckler kill for the 25-23 win.

In the final set, the Leathernecks took control early with an 8-0 run and went on to win 25-16.

Maria Brown and Maggie Runge lead the Panthers in kills each with seven. Smith led in assists with 21 and Anne Hughes collected a team leading 23 digs.

Eastern Illinois volleyball came up short against Chicago State Saturday afternoon losing 14-25, 25-18, 25-17, 28-30, 11-15 in their second match of the EIU Panther Classic.

Chicago State came out on fire dominating the first set as the Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 run. Chicago State went on to win 25-14.

EIU took control of the second and third sets winning by scores of 25-18, and 25-17. The Panthers took control late in the second set with a 3-0 run to give them enough energy to secure the set. The third set featured back and forth play between EIU and Chicago State, but the Panthers were able to have scoring spurts that would end up being the difference maker in the set.

The fourth set featured a late battle with both teams trading leads a total of seven times and tying the score 14 times. The Panthers had their best-attacking average of the match hitting for .289. However, the Cougars were able to hold off the Panthers to force a fifth set with a 30-28 win. 

Chicago State was able to secure the match in the fifth set with the help of Lauryn Dela Cruz's five kills.

Smith finished recording her third triple-double of the season with 12 kills, 26 assists, and 16 digs. Gina Furlin had a team high 30 assists. Leading defensively for the Panthers were Runge, who finished with a team-high nine blocks, and Hughes, who recorded a team-high 29 digs.

The Panthers return to action on the road Sept. 13 where they will take on Valparaiso at 6 p.m.

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