Panthers get first win in non-conference finale


Jason Howell and Dominic Baima

Kylie Morgan, a red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper, collides with a Valparaiso opponent during a game on Friday at Lakeside Field. She does not return to the game. The Panthers lost the game 1 to 3. Morgan did not return to the game and was seen having ice applied to her shoulder on the sidelines.

Dominic Renzetti, Assistant Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s soccer team finished its final non-conference match of the season with a win, beating Chicago State 2-0 on the road Sunday.

Junior forward Hannah Miller scored two goals for the Panthers in their first non-conference win since Sept. 7, 2012, over Evansville.

Miller scored her first goal of the match and first of the season in the 58th minute off an assist from red-shirt junior Chris Reed. That was the first assist for Reed, who leads the team in goals with four.

Miller’s second goal came in the 86th minute on an assist from red-shirt senior Lauren Hoppensteadt. Hoppensteadt missed the Panthers’ lone match last weekend against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Friday’s match against Valparaiso while recovering from a leg injury she suffered against IUPUI on Sept. 7. After practicing last week, Eastern head coach Jason Cherry said Hoppensteadt would likely see limited time over the weekend.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Hinton, who replaced the injured Kylie Morgan in Friday’s loss to Valparaiso, got her first career win and shutout, making three saves in the process.

Senior Meagan Radloff had a team high 12 shots, six on-goal, in the match.

Eastern will start Ohio Valley Conference play at 3 p.m. Friday against Southeast Missouri at Lakeside Field before taking on Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 1 p.m. Sunday on the road.

Dominic Renzetti (@DomRenzetti) can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].