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September 21, 2013
Eagles Take Down No. 18 Profs
After losing 4-3 to Alvernia University on a last-second goal on Wednesday, the Eagles were able to put that tough loss behind them and edge the Rowan Profs with a late goal of their own.
Eastern forward Lauren Gay (York, Pa./ West York) scored the game-winner with just less than 90 seconds remaining in Saturday's game. Forward Jess Jaindl (Quakertown, Pa./ Christopher Dock) scored two goals in the win. Abby Wagner (Glen Rock, Pa./ Susquehannock) added a goal and two assists. Megan Bolton (Souderton, Pa./ Christopher Dock) also contributed two assists.
Eagles head coach Camrin Azzarano mentioned that captains' and team meetings the past two days helped spark something in the team leading up to this game. "If the Stockton and Alvernia games hadn't happened the way they did," she said, "I don't think we would have played this way today."
Coach Azzarano said that the Eagles made important adjustments after those back-to-back one-goal losses. "I'm extremely proud of the players and coaching staff for being accountable for things we didn't do well in the last two games and then rallying to show the potential we know we have as a team," she said.
Eastern forward Abby Wagner put Eastern up 1-0 in the start of the third minute. The Eagles took advantage of an early corner. Alexa Borrelli (Wilmington, Del./ Brandywine) inserted the corner to Megan Bolton who slapped a shot that was tapped in by Wagner on the right post.
Coach Azzarano said she did not let herself get too excited after the early 1-0 lead. "This is the sixth game in a row against Rowan that's been decided by one goal," she said. "So, it was great to get the early goal, but we knew it was going to be a tight game."
Rowan evened the game in the 22nd minute and the teams went to halftime knotted 1-1.
Six minutes into the second half, the Eagles earned a penalty corner that lead to a Jess Jaindl goal. Borrelli inserted again to Bolton who struck a ball in front of Rowan's keeper where Jess Jaindl had positioned her self to redirect the ball towards the bottom left of the goal.
Jaindl scored less than a minute later to put Eastern up 3-1. Eagles midfielder Sarah Webb (San Diego, Calif./ Patrick Henry) snuck a pass down the right sideline in between two defenders and found Abby Wagner breaking for the circle. Wagner earned the assist, sliding the ball underneath Rowan's diving goalie and finding Jaindl in front of the cage for the finish.
Rowan mounted a comeback, scoring two goals in the next 10 minutes to tie the game with less than 20 minutes left to play. In the final 20 minutes, Eastern earned three more penalty corners and held Rowan to zero.
The Eagles had a goal recalled on one of those penalty corners when Megan Bolton's upper corner shot was deemed dangerous. The Eagles had another ball hit off the post that one official originally signaled as a goal, but the game remained tied going in the final 90 seconds.
The Eagles found their chance when sophomore forward Lauren Gay restarted a ball in the middle of the field near the 25-yard line. She found Jess Jaindl on the circle who dished it to Wagner on the wing. Wagner beat her defender to the baseline, dribbled just along the line and returned the ball to Gay in front of the cage. Gay then swatted the go-ahead goal into the cage--her second goal of the year.
But having lost to Alvernia after regulation time expired in the last game, the Eagles knew they had to lock down on defense and not let Rowan earn a corner. The Eagles' defense and keeper Jennifer O'Neill (Erial, N.J./ Timber Creek) fended off the last-minute Rowan attempt and properly managed the clock after gaining possession deep in their own territory in the game's final seconds.
With the win the Eagles improve to 3-4. They play at Arcadia University at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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Updated: Monday, 23 September 2013