CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women’s soccer applied offensive pressure most of the afternoon as the Panthers had eight offsides calls in the Green Bay zone. The Panthers finally broke through for a successful chance in the final 61 seconds as EIU beat Green Bay, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field.

EIU pushed the ball in the Green Bay zone with a pass down the right hand side to Niondina Nystrom. After several dribbles to the right hand corner to free herself, the freshman served a ball into the goal box that was headed home by Sarah DeWolf with 1:01 left in the contest. It was the second goal of the season and second game winner this year for DeWolf.

EIU had a total of five shots on goal in the match coming from Emma Scaro, Henar Urteaga, Pilar Barrio and Madi Fisher.

Green Bay finished the match with 13 total shots but only four on goal. Sara Teteak made all four saves as she posted her second shutout of the season helping EIU improve to 2-0-1 on the year.

Green Bay fell to 0-3 on the year.

EIU returns to action Sunday afternoon hosting Milwaukee at noon at Lakeside Field.

EIU volleyball falls in three sets

CHARLESTON–The Eastern Illinois volleyball team squared off against Green Bay in the final game of the opening night of the EIU Panther Invitational. Eastern Illinois dropped a three-set match to Green Bay, losing by scores of 22-25, 18-25, and 22-25 in its season opener.

Tournament play resumes tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with Green Bay facing Bradley. Eastern Illinois will play the 1 p.m. game against Memphis and will complete the tournament against Bradley at 7 p.m.

Green Bay led most of the first set with the Panthers fighting back to challenge the Phoenix lead, tying the match six times. Freshman Laurel Bailey led the charge for the Panthers with five first set kills. Maggie Runge had three of her team high seven blocks in the opening set.

In the second set Green Bay jumped out to a quick lead with the help of senior middle blocker Lydia Deweese who tallied 18 kills on the day.The Panthers battled to keep it close but fell short 18-25.

EIU challenged in the third set taking a 15-10 lead following Green Bay attack error. The Panthers pushed the lead to 19-16 on a kill by Katie Sommer. Green Bay answered with a 4-0 run eventually putting away the match 25-22.

Taylor Smith had 17 assists while Anne Hughes added 12 digs. Bailey led EIU with nine kills.

EIU alumni and athletics to host tailgate at NIU game

CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois Athletics is partnering with the EIU Alumni Association for a pregame event at the Panthers' Sept. 9 football game at Northern Illinois. The game will be a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN3.

Tickets for the tailgate event have two pricing options: 1.) $34 includes food and non-alcoholic beverages; 2.) $44 includes food with beer/wine. Tailgate will open at noon. To purchase a tailgate option, call the EIU Alumni Office at 800-ALUM-EIU (800-258-6348) or online through the EIU Alumni Association. www.eiu.edu/alumni

Game tickets for the EIU and Northern Illinois game can be purchased as part of a tailgate package or through the EIU Athletic Ticket Office at 217-581-2106. Ticket seating in the EIU section is $30 per person.

The Panthers will open the season on Thursday, August 31 at Indiana State. The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 16 against Illinois State in the 106th Mid-America Classic. Kickoff for the home opener is set for 2 p.m. Season tickets are now on sale by calling 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com.

Panthers volleyball falls in opener against Green Bay

CHARLESTON (EIU) — The Eastern Illinois volleyball team squared off against Green Bay in the final game of the opening night of the EIU Panther Invitational. Eastern Illinois dropped a three-set match to Green Bay, losing by scores of 22-25, 18-25, and 22-25.

Tournament play will resume tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with Green Bay facing Bradley. Eastern Illinois will play the 1 p.m. game against Memphis and will complete the tournament against Bradley at 7 p.m.

With the loss, Eastern Illinois drops to 0-1 on the season.

Green Bay led most of the first set with the Panthers fighting back to challenge the Phoenix lead, tying the match six times. Freshman Laurel Bailey led the charge for the Panthers with five first set kills. Maggie Runge had three of her team high seven blocks in the opening set.

In the second set Green Bay jumped out to a quick lead with the help of senior middle blocker Lydia Deweese who tallied 18 kills on the day. The Panthers would battle to keep it close but fell short 18-25.

EIU challenged in the third set taking a 15-10 lead following Green Bay attack error. The Panthers would push the lead to 19-16 on a kill by Katie Sommer. Green Bay answered with a 4-0 run eventually putting away the match 25-22.

Taylor Smith had 17 assists while Anne Hughes added 12 digs. Bailey led EIU with nine kills.

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BRADLEY 3, MEMPHIS 1

In the opening match of the Panther Invitational, Bradley defeated Memphis 3-1.

Bradley and Memphis battled back and forth trading points each set. Erica Haslag of Bradley appeared to be the difference maker collecting 20 kills. The Braves Kathryn Graf contributed to lift Bradley over Memphis with eight blocks. For Memphis Brianna Kadiku and Hannah Flowers led the Tigers in kills recording 14 each.

EIU men’s soccer finishes 1-1 in 2017 regular season opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men's soccer team opened regular season play in Green Bay on Saturday night. The Panthers played to a 1-1 draw against the Phoenix.

Both teams held their own defensively at the start of the match, but Green Bay found the net late in the first half. Ian smith scored unassisted off a rebound into the bottom right of the net at the 39 minute mark.

Defense on both ends of the field remained strong for the remainder of the match until the 83rd minute. EIU's Alessandro Corti scored off a flick pass from Zach Medawattage tying the game 1-1. The Panthers had eight shots total with three of them on goal.

Green Bay finished the match with 14 total shots, but only four of them on goal. Mike Novotny made three saves for the Panthers allowing Green Bay to only find the back of the net once.

The Panthers take on Milwaukee Sunday Aug. 27 at 3 pm before returning for their home opener on Sept. 1 against Western Michigan.

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