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Women's Soccer News & Highlights

October 05, 2013

Late Goal Costly for Eagles at Wilkes


Elayna Simpson finished with five saves.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.--In 2012, Eastern University Women's Soccer and Wilkes played to a pair of goal-less draws. It seems that today's Freedom Conference opener might be heading for a similar result, but the host Colonels scored on a corner in the 74th minute to take the lead and were able to make it stand for the win.

The two teams played through a scoreless first half. Despite giving up eight first-half shots, the Eagles had three quality chances in the closing moments of the period. Emily Cole's shot from outside the box curled just wide. Shortly thereafter, Laura Martin served a dangerous ball into the box on a restart from a wide position. The Colonels were able to block several attempts and the ball rolled back to Martin. Her shot from distance was corralled by Wilkes goalkeeper Kate Mahoney.

The Eagles had a final chance squelched on the only corner kick of the half with just seconds to play.

The Colonels had several chances early in the second half, but the Eagle back row did not a allow a shot on goal until Elayna Simpson came up with two saves only seconds apart prior to the decisive corner. Haley Adam's right-footed kick bent toward the back post. Despite running into traffic, Simpson got a hand to the ball, but the sophomore keeper was unable to keep the ball from slipping in under the crossbar.  

"It was a very well taken corner," Head Coach Dan Mouw remarked. "We had a couple chances on corners as well, and we hit pretty good balls into play, but in a game like this, one really good ball could very well be the difference." There is a touch of irony that in the 2012 regular season game, the Eagles had an overtime goal disallowed on a corner kick play.   

"We need to give them credit," Mouw finished. "They had more of the play and converted a chance. We need to find a way to play well enough to get another shot at them later in the year."

The Eagles (2-7-1, 0-1 Freedom) will travel to No. 10 Montclair St. this Wednesday  The Eagles return to conference play next Saturday when they host DeSales for homecoming. That game begins at noon.

Box Score

Updated: Saturday, 05 October 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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