CHARLESTON  (EIU) — Milwaukee scored in the opening eight minutes to set the tone for a fast-paced match as Eastern Illinois suffered its first loss of the women’s soccer season. Milwaukee won 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field.

Milwaukee improved to 3-0-1 on the year while EIU fell to 2-1-1. EIU returns to action next Friday at Valparaiso.

Milwaukee scored both of its goals in the first half. Milwaukee finished the match with 14 total shots, six shots on goal. They had a total of 12 corner kicks in the match.

EIU would manage three shots on goal against Milwaukee starting goalkeeper Mallory Geurts. Emma Scaro, Pilar Barrio and Sarah DeWolf registered the shots on goal. 

EIU continued to try to avoid the shutout with a late shot by Ali Carlson from the left side, just sailing high in the final seven minutes. EIU had a total of five shots.

Men’s Soccer Plays To A 1-1 Draw in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (EIU) – Eastern Illinois men’s soccer played to another draw on the road Sunday night. EIU tied with Milwaukee 1-1, making it their second draw this season.

The goals for both teams came in the first 13 minutes of play. Alex Castaneda started the action, quickly scoring in the first 14 seconds of the match, likely the quickest goal in program history. Castaneda shot for the upper-right corner of the net, beating the goalkeeper for EIU’s only goal of the game. Brendan McDonough and Christian Sosnowski both assisted Castaneda on the play. Milwaukee’s only goal of the match came just before the 13th minute of the match. 

Mike Novotny played the full 110 minutes in the net for EIU and had his work cut out for him. Milwaukee tested EIU’s defense, taking 28 shots total with 11 of them on goal. Novotny tallied 10 saves with seven of them coming in the first half.

The Panthers are to return to Lakeside Field on Friday as they host Western Michigan at 3 p.m. for their first home match of the regular season. 

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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