Panthers to build on communication for week ahead

Bob Reynolds, Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s soccer team finished up a set of weekend games with a draw and a loss to start its 2015 season.

Friday, the Panthers played a 0-0 draw against Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis with the help of freshman goalie Maddie Lyon, who started her first career game at Eastern.

The freshman impressed her teammates, including senior Hannah Miller.

“Coming in as a freshman and starting is pretty impressive,” she said. “I am proud of her for working hard and hanging in there during the game against NKU.”

Lyon saved 13-of-19 shots in her second game as a starter against Northern Kentucky on Sunday. The Panthers lost the game 6-0.

Lack of communication was one of the reasons Northern Kentucky kept getting high-quality offensive chances, Miller said.

“I think the communication was more with the goals that were scored against us,” she said. “It is a huge part in the game and a lack of it can have a team get scored against. We just have to build our communication with everyone on the field for this coming weekend’s games.”

The Panthers will head on a mini two-game road trip over the weekend when they head to Macomb to take on Western Illinois Friday. Sunday, the Panthers will head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa.

Bob Reynolds can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].