End of Summit League men’s soccer season approaching


Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern goalkeeper Mac Van Oudt reaches to deflect a shot in the Panthers’ 2-0 loss to Belmont Tuesday at Lakeside Field.

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

The regular season is winding down for the Eastern men’s soccer team, as well as the other teams in the Summit League. 

The Panthers have just two matches remaining, both conference contests, left in the season. They play Western Illinois on the road Oct. 30 and then host Oral Roberts on Nov. 6 to close the season. 

There are seven total matches left in the regular season, six of which are conference matches. 

In addition to the Eastern match with Western Illinois, Oct. 30 will have two more conference matches on the schedule.

St. Thomas will host Kansas City at 1 p.m. The Tommies are coming off back-to-back wins, having beaten Omaha on Oct. 23 and nonconference opponent Milwaukee on Oct. 26. 

Kansas City is also on a two-match winning streak, having bested Eastern and Western Illinois in its last two matches. 

The final match that day will feature Denver playing host to Omaha at 8 p.m.

Denver will be looking to solidify its place atop the standings after a big win over Oral Roberts last weekend. 

In that match, Denver managed to shutout a prolific Oral Roberts’ offense, which leads the conference in goals this season. 

As a result of that win, the Pioneers climbed to just outside the top 25 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll, coming in at 28th in the nation. 

Oral Roberts, which now sits in second place, will not play again until Nov. 6, which is the final day of the regular season. 

Statistically, Oral Roberts and Denver have stood out over the rest of the conference this season. 

Oral Roberts leads the Summit League with 21 goals this season while Denver ranks second with 17 goals. Both teams have allowed just 10 goals this season, tied for the fewest in the conference. 

Kansas City ranks third with 12 goals, but the Roos have also allowed 21 goals this season.

Omaha has scored 9 goals, St. Thomas has scored 8, Eastern has scored 7 and Western Illinois has scored just 5. 

The Leathernecks have also allowed the most goals in the conference with 34. 

Individually, Dante Brigida leads the Summit League with 8 goals, twice as many as the second-ranked player. 

Five players in the conference have 3 or more assists, and three of them are on Oral Roberts, including Felipe D’Agostino with his conference-leading 5 assists. 

Unsurprisingly, Oral Roberts also has the top-ranked goalkeeper in the conference in Miles Motakef. 

He leads the conference in save percentage and shutouts while ranking second in goals allowed per game. 

Eastern is led offensively by forward Davi Girardi with 2 goals, tying him for sixth in the conference. 

Goalkeeper Jonathan Burke ranks fourth in save percentage and third in saves per game. 


Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].