Panthers tie Eagles in conference opener


Ashanti Thomas | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern forward Michaela Danyo takes possession of the ball against Chicago State on Sept. 3 at Lakeside Field. Danyp had 2 shots and an assist in the match, which Eastern won 1-0.

Nick Bays, Women's Soccer Reporter

The Eastern women’s soccer team played Morehead State to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. The match was a competitive back and forth that saw both teams trade impressive offensive possessions. 

The Panthers took the lead in the first half off of a goal from Jenna Little, who received a pass from Cam Korhorn. 

Little was able to control the ball off the past and was able to move towards the far post before sending a shot into the top right corner that flew above the Morehead State goalkeeper. 

Morehead State responded in the second half with good forward pressure near Eastern’s goal to force the ball in. Both teams would continue to trade possessions, charging towards each other’s goals and bombarding each teams’ goalkeeper. 

On multiple occasions, it looked as if one team was going to get the second goal they were looking for. 

Eastern head Coach Jake Plant of said that it was a hard fought match that both teams played well enough to win.

“We do feel like we did enough to win the game, especially in the first half,” he said. “But then on the flipside, so did Morehead State. It could look like a very fair result.” 

Both teams would play into overtime and the same pattern continued. Both teams kept attacking the other’s defense with intensity, but neither team could break the 1-1 score line. 

This was the conference opener for both Eastern and Morehead State. While the draw didn’t get Eastern all the points they were looking for, Plant showed optimism after the performance. 

“A point in conference is always awesome,” Plant said. “So we’ll take that. We’re pleased. . . we came away with something. We’re happy to come away with a point.” 

Plant said that he and his team are confident heading into the remaining conference matches. When asked about the mindset of the team heading into more OVC conference matches, he said, “The thought is be relentless, get into the tournament, be in the tournament so we can win it.” 

The Panthers will look to pick up some valuable points this week while they continue towards the OVC Tournament. 

Eastern will head to UT Martin this Thursday for a 7 p.m. match before returning home to take on Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday at 3 p.m.


Nick Bays can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].