Men’s soccer match against Bradley rescheduled


Jason Howell

Senior Will Butler sprints alongside Denver freshman Alex Underwood towards the ball during a match on Oct. 4 at the Eastern practice field. The Panthers tied the game 1-1 in double overtime.

Mark Shanahan, Staff Reporter

The Eastern men’s soccer game against Bradley that was set to take place at 7 p.m. Monday was canceled because of heavy rain in Peoria. The game was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Panthers are coming off a 2-1 loss at IUPUI Saturday.

Around the Summit League

Eastern is currently at the bottom of the Summit League standings, while Western Illinois is at the top with a 7-4-1 record.

Offensive Players of the week were Corey Tom from Fort Wayne and Charlie Bales from Western Illinois.

Tom is a junior forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. This is his first career player of the week honor after he scored two goals last week leading his team to a 1-0-1 record on the week. He scored the game-winning goal against Oral Roberts and helped Fort Wayne play to a draw against IPFW. Tom leads Fort Wayne scorers with nine points.

Senior Charlie Bales earned his second straight award after scoring three goals this week that were all game winners. The defensive man from Cedar Rapids, Iowa has a four-game point streak and leads the Summit League with 12 points on the season.

Defensive players of the week were goalies Raphael Kotzock from Fort Wayne and Yves Dietrich from Western Illinois.

Kotzock is a sophomore from Munich, Germany and is receiving his second career honor in the last three weeks. He earned his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Oral Roberts last week. He is ranked second in the league in shutouts, third in saves and save percentage and fourth in goals against average.

Dietrich is a senior from Floeha, Germany who earned his third award and second in as many weeks. He extended his shutout streak to 450 minutes tying for the longest active streak in Division I soccer. Dietrich leads the Summit in five categories: minutes played, saves, save percentage, wins and shutouts.

Eastern Leaders

Freshman Dominic Recca and Senior Jake Brillhart each have three goals on the year for Eastern. Brillhart had four total goals last year and five assists. He has three assists so far this season.

Will Butler and Davis Wegmann have each scored more goals than they did last year. Butler and Wegmann each have two goals and one assist this year. Freshman goalie Mike Novotny has a 1-5 record this year despite giving up two goals or less in each of the last four games.

Eastern is still seeking their first road win since 2012. The Panthers have come close a couple times this season away from Lakeside Field, losing 1-0 in overtime against Cincinnati, 1-0 against Omaha and 2-1 in their last game at IUPUI.


Mark Shanahan can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]