Panthers finish strong in EIU Walt Crawford Open

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois cross country opened the 2018 season on Friday afternoon with impressive efforts on the women's side and a first-place finish on the men's side as they hosted the EIU Walt Crawford Open at the Woodall Panther Trail.

The meet featured seven schools from Illinois, EIU, Northwestern, Evansville, Vincennes, Danville Area CC and Kaskaskia.

Sophomore Jaime Marcos won the men's race for EIU as he posted an 8K time of 25:44.50. EIU junior Marcus Skinner (25:58.60) followed him as the Panther men had two runners in the top five.

Joe Carter was eighth with a time of 26:56.40. Will Bullock crossed the line in 10th place with a time of 26:42.30. Tyler Lay finished in 13th (26:58.50), Francesco Roman finished 14th (27:29.10), and Andrew Pilat earned himself 15th place crossing the line at 27:32.00.

David Thompson found himself in the top 20 crossing the line 18th at 27:45.90. Jose Aguilera followed suit crossing the line 20th at 27:55.80.

On the women's side, Kate Bushue earned the highest finish for the Panther women crossing the line fifth at 18:30.40. Avani Flanagan found herself in the top 15 crossing the line 13th at 19:04.10. Shelby Siltman earned 14th place with her time of 19:17.80.

Jocelyne Mendoza placed 18th crossing the line at 19:34.70. Megan Adams earned a top 25 finish placing 24th 19:58.20.


Men's soccer ties with Evansville

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois men's soccer played to a 1-1 draw vs. Evansville Friday afternoon in their home opener. The Panthers are now 1-0-1 on the season while the Purple Aces move to 0-2-1 overall.

Christian Sosnowski scored his second goal of the season for EIU off a free kick at the 43-minute mark. The Panthers finished the match with seven total shots and five shots on goal. Shady Omar, Jake Andrews, Cole Stephens and Zabdiel Justiniano each recorded one shot on goal.

Jesse Stafford-Lacey tied the game for the Purple Aces off a penalty kick at the 75-minute mark. Evansville took nine shots with seven on goal. Adam Snow led both teams with two shots on goal.

Jonathan Burke made the start in the net for EIU. He made six stops allowing only one goal. Frederik Reimer made four saves in the net and allowed one goal for the Purple Aces.

The Panthers will be back in action on Sunday Sept. 2. They will play the visiting Green Bay Phoenix at 1 p.m.

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Women's soccer plays to 1-1 draw with IUPUI

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois scored its first goal at home this season and finished with more shots on goal than IUPUI on Friday afternoon, but after 110 minutes of action, the Panthers walked away with a 1-1 draw.

EIU is now 0-2-2 on the season with both ties coming at home. IUPUI is now 1-3-1 on the season. EIU travels to Chicago State for a Sunday match at 1 p.m.

IUPUI got on the board first as the Panthers were called for a hand ball in the goal box during a shot attempt by the Jaguars. Miranda Ricks then knocked home the penalty kick to give IUPUI the 1-0 edge in the 48th minute.

The Panthers battled back and tied the score at 1-1 in the 66th minute as Lexi Ketterhagen sent a ball into the box from the right side. Kate Olson got an initial header on it before Haylee Renick finished off the play with a goal on a one time touch into the net.

EIU would finish with 16 total shots including seven shots on goal. IUPUI had 14 total shots with five shots on goal.

Olson had two of the Panthers' seven shots on goal with Renick, Ketterhagen, Sarah DeWolf, Henar Urteaga and Rachel Pappas all adding a shot on goal.


Volleyball falls to Illinois State

INDIANAPOLIS — The Eastern Illinois Volleyball team opened up the first day of the Butler Bulldogs Tournament against Illinois State Friday afternoon. Illinois State got the best of the Panthers, defeating EIU in three sets (16-25, 15-25, and 23-25).

With the loss, EIU drops to 2-3 on the season.

Illinois State came out aggressive in the first two sets, defeating the EIU 25-16 and 25-15. The Redbirds jumped out to several 3-0 runs throughout the set to build a comfortable lead over the Panthers. Ali Line led the Redbirds on both sides of the court leading in kills for the set with five and 3 blocks. Taylor Smith led the Panthers offense with three kills. In the second set, Monica Miller took control of the Redbirds offense leading them with five kills in the set. Ella Francis helped contribute to the offensive push with four kills in the set. Laurel Bailey was the set leader in kills for the Panthers in the second set with four.

The Panthers came out battling in the third set, hitting their best percentage at 58%. The third set featured the most ties in the match with two tie scores. The Redbirds were able to hold off the Panthers to secure the series sweep, defeating EIU 25-23. Lane took control of the Redbird offense once again totaling five kills. Courtney Pence kept the Redbird defense in check with a set-leading seven digs. Smith and Bailey led the offensive charge for the Panthers with three kills each.

Smith finished with eight kills, five assists and 11 digs. Bailey finished with eight kills, seven kills and an assist.

The Panthers return to action Sept. 1 against Butler at noon and Auburn at 3 p.m. to close out the Butler Bulldogs Tournament.

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