CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women’s soccer previously had a player with three assists in a game on five occasions in the program’s history. On Sunday afternoon Kayla Stolfa surpassed those efforts as she set the school record with four assists during Eastern's 5-1 win over Chicago State at Lakeside Field.

The win pushed EIU’s record to 3-2-1 on the season, while Chicago State fell to 1-5 on the year.

Stolfa helped the Panthers set the tone in the opening minutes as she quickly played a ball up the left side that Kate Olson passed on to Pilar Barrio for an EIU goal with 3:35 off the clock in the opening half. It was Barrio’s second goal of the season.

Stolfa then assisted on the first of two goals by Hannah Heinz as EIU took a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute. Heinz finished off a cross from the right side into the goal box. Heinz added her second goal in the 35th minute again finishing off a break with the assist from Stolfa and Olson.

EIU’s third goal came in the 29th minute off the foot of Henar Urteaga as she beat the goalkeeper one on one off an assist from Angela Corcoran.

The record setting assist came from Stolfa in the 48th minute as the Panthers quickly extended the lead to 5-0 in the second half. Niondina Nystrom beat both a defender and the goalkeeper from the top right of the goal box after the pass from Stolfa.

EIU had previously had a player finish a match with three assists on five occasions, the last was in 2003 by Trisha Walter against Western Illinois. Stolfa did tie the Ohio Valley Conference record, as she became the fourth player in conference history with four assists in a match. The last OVC player to do it was Barbara Tomaszek of Tennessee Tech in 2003 against Murray State.

Chicago State was able to get on the scoreboard in the 64th minute.

EIU beats UC Davis, falls to Denver

DENVER (EIU) — The Eastern Illinois volleyball team faced tough competition to complete the Denver Pioneer Classic Saturday morning and evening. The Panthers defeated UC Davis in a three-set match in their second game of the tournament 25-18, 26-24, and 26-24. In the final game of the Pioneer Classic, EIU dropped a three-set match to Denver, losing by scores of 21-25, 22-25, and 17-25.

Eastern Illinois finished tournament play with a record of 1-3 and 3-3 overall.

Eastern Illinois and UC Davis squared off in the Panthers' first game to kick off the final day of the Pioneer Classic.

Eastern Illinois jumped out to a quick 6-0 run ignited by one of Allie Hueston’s seven kills in the match. UC Davis wouldn’t slow down though, tying the Panthers five times in the first set. The first set was all about Panther runs, as the Panthers took another 6-0 run in the middle of the set to give them the push they needed to secure the set.

The second set would be more of a challenge for the Panthers as the Aggies didn’t let EIU jump out to any runs. The Panthers had their best hitting average of the match totaling .244. Helping secure the victory for the final two points of the set was a Hueston kill that was followed by a UC Davis error.

The third set was similar to the second in how both the Panthers and Aggies continued to exchange points. The difference maker was the Panther comeback sparked by a Laurel Bailey kill and her two service aces, which led the Panthers to a 4-0 run to win the match.

Maria Brown finished with a team-leading 10 kills. Taylor Smith led the Panthers in assists with 19. Anne Hughes led the team with 17 digs, and Hueston had five blocks.

Eastern Illinois and Denver battled it out to close out the Pioneer Classic.

The Panthers came out fighting in the first set with a 4-0 run early to kick off the first set. However, the Pioneers would answer back and be able to hold off the Panthers to take the first set 21-25.

The second set featured a more balanced battle. EIU and Denver traded points back and forth throughout the whole set until Denver was able to squeeze by with the victory.

Denver was able to hold the Panthers off in the third set to secure first place in the Pioneer Classic.

Bailey led the Panthers with 10 kills. Smith recorded a double-double with a team leading 13 assists and 11 digs.

EIU returns to action on Sept. 8-9 where they will host the Panther Classic. Visiting the Panthers for the Panther Classic are Alabama A&M, Chicago State, and Western Illinois. The Panthers will open up the tournament against Alabama A&M Sept. 8 at noon.

EIU men's soccer wins first match of the season

CHICAGO (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men's soccer secured their first win of the 2017 season on the road Sunday night. The Panthers won 1-0 against UIC, improving to a 1-0-3 record.

EIU's lone goal came early in the first half from Federico Verlichi. He found the back of the net off a low shot from inside the box in the 18th minute. Verlichi had two shots for the Panthers while Cole Harkrader, Christian Sosnowski, and Brendan McDonough each had one for EIU.

Goalkeeper Mike Novotny had another stellar game in the net for the Panthers. UIC had 7 shots on goal, all of which Novotny saved, securing EIU's 1-0 win over the Flames.

The Panthers return home this week for two home matches. EIU will first play Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 followed by Saint Francis Sunday afternoon.

Valpo beats EIU women's soccer in OT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women’s soccer held the lead for just over 22 minutes in the second half on Friday evening, but in the end, two quick scores at the end of regulation and in overtime gave Valparaiso a 3-2 win over the Panthers.

EIU was able to tie the game in the 59th minute as Kate Olson scored her second goal of the season coming off an assist from Carrie Caplin. 

Just over 16 minutes later, Emma Scaro connected on a penalty kick that put EIU up 2-1 over the Crusaders at the 66:44 mark.

The equalizer for Valpo came with 1:15 left in regulation as Tahelah Noel scored off a scramble in front of the goal box after Natalia Kontul put a corner kick into play.

Valpo quickly attacked at the start of the overtime period as Keegan Maris directed a kick across the front of the goal box that Cory Griffith dove to head into the goal 39 seconds into the extra session.

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