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Women's Soccer News & Highlights

September 14, 2013

Eagles Tripped up by Late Goal


Elayna Simpson pushes a shot around the post early in the second hald. Simpson finished with 13 saves.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- Eastern University Women's Soccer dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to the visiting Blue jays of Elizabethtown College. Elizabethtown broke a 1-1 tie in the 83rd minute.

Eastern goalkeeper Elayna Simpson made three big stops in the first three minutes, before the Eagles settled into the game.

"We got off to a bit of a rough start, and again Elayna kept us in it with a couple brilliant stops. After the first 10 to fifteen minutes, I thought we settled in and began to find our game. We were able to put pressure on their backs without leaving big gaps in our own back row."

The Eagles had a chance to take the lead on a corner in the 13th minute, but a final defender was able to block Genn Vandeventer's shot off the goal line.

The game appeared to be going to the intermission tied at 0-0, but a late foray into the Eastern end created a corner kick for the visitors.

"Their first goal came on a very well executed corner. [Kendra] Mancino won the battle in the air and they were able to tuck home the shot at the post. We lost a couple battles in a key spot and they capitalized."

Moments later, the Eagles had a golden chance on a corner as well. Elisa Direnzo served the ball in and Emily Cole nodded a header toward the back post. Mary Kulikowski's header was blocked by a defender, and the ball bounced at the six yard box. Brielle Thompson had two shots blocked by a prone defender, and Etown was able to escape to halftime up 1-0.

In the second half, the Eastern back line fought off several early attacks to keep the game with in reach. The Eagles found the equalizer in the 73rd minute. Emily Cole took a throw in from Victoria Graham and pushed the ball toward the box. The first-year forward made her next touch count with a left-footed blast into the upper right corner.

Over the next moments of the game, the action was pushed into the Blue Jay back line. After several minutes with the Eagles pressing forward, Elizabethtown found a chance and took advantage in a transition moment.

After a steal near midfield, Kacey Cerankowski slotted a ball into space behind the Eastern back line and Lauren Fredericks slid a shot into the corner for what would become the game-winner.

The Eagles had another good chance on a late corner, but Graham's shot slipped wide of the post and the Blue Jays held on for the 2-1 result.

"There were a lot of positives from today," Mouw concluded, "but we still have work to do. I think that if we can continue on this path forward through the year, we will be pleased with how we are playing for the conference season."

Simpson recorded 13 saves and had several very strong plays off her line.

The Eagles (1-3-1) host Messiah College at 4:00 on Tuesday.

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Updated: Saturday, 14 September 2013


Dan Mouw

Dan Mouw

Dan Mouw enters his twelfth season at the helm of Eastern Women's Soccer in 2014.

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