This weekend provides Eastern’s women’s soccer team with two chances to end the six-match losing streak.
The chance to end the streak could not come at a better time for the Panthers as Sunday is senior day.
While Eastern is trying to end the streak, doing so has more implications: the team needs conference points.
Eastern has lost its first and only five conference matches so far this season, resulting in a last place standing in the OVC and no conference points.
Eastern’s first chance to end the streak comes Friday against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, the team ahead of Eastern in OVC rankings by one position (10th place).
The Gamecocks are 4-7-2 overall and 1-4 in OVC play. The one OVC opponent the Gamecocks defeated is Austin Peay, who defeated Eastern 2-0 on Sept. 24.
Sunday, for senior day, the Panthers face the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech is the tougher of Eastern’s two opponents for the weekend, with a 6-4-1 overall record and a 3-1-1 conference record. That conference record has earned the Golden Eagles third place in the OVC, just behind Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.
Tennessee Tech has also found success against OVC opponents whom Eastern has lost to. The Golden Eagles defeated Jacksonville State, Belmont and Austin Peay. Belmont defeated Eastern 2-0 the same weekend Austin Peay did.
Both of the matches this weekend would have been at Lakeside Field, where the Panthers have a 4-4 home record, but Friday’s match against the Gamecocks has been moved to Champaign due to the recent weather.
The match will be played at 1 p.m. instead of 3 p.m., and the match will be played at the Judah Christian Academy Soccer Complex. Plans for the Sunday senior match against the Golden Eagles will be determined based on the forecasts for the remainder of the weekend and announced on Saturday.
Eastern has five seniors who will be recognized Sunday: Carrie Caplin, Ali Carlson, Chloe Gottschalk, Madi Fisher and Emma Scaro, the redshirt senior on the team.
Dillan Schorfheide can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]