Women’s soccer ties with Lindenwood in last regular season home match


Rob Le Cates

Goalkeeper Daniela Bermeo, a fifth year player, clears the ball during the Panther’s first game of the season on Thursday afternoon at Lakeside Field. The Panthers and Valparaiso University Beacons tied.

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s soccer team played its last home match of the season against Lindenwood which ended in a 0-0 tie Thursday afternoon. 

The match looked promising for EIU as they started attacking early and ended up with nine shots on goal and held Lindenwood to one shot on goal. 

Coach Jake Plant said that it was the best soccer he’s seen from his team, and he is pleased with the way they left everything on the field. 

“The girls left it on the field, which is what we asked.” Plant said. “They were tough, they were awesome, they ran their legs off.”  

Goalkeeper Dani Bermeo also said she thought this was the best soccer the team has played this season. 

The stats speak for themselves. EIU looked like the better team on paper, but they just were not able to get any of those shots in the goal. Plant said that they have all the elements to win, but they must capitalize on those chances. 

Plant also said that as the team looks to capitalize on those chances, they are going to try to get as far into the postseason as possible. 

“It’s not over yet,” Plant said. “So, we’re pretty positive about where we are right now.”  

Bermeo recorded her sixth shutout of the season and is currently ranked in a tie for 53rd in the nation in shutouts. 

She is proud of the way the team played even though they did not get the result they wanted. She also said the team feels confident going into their last match with Southern Indiana on Sunday.  

“We feel pretty confident because we know that if we play like we did today, we’re definitely gonna have the result [we want],” Bermeo said.  

EIU is ranked 37th in the nation when it comes to goals against average, which is a measure of how many goals the goalkeeper allows during their playing time. Bermeo herself is ranked 50th in the nation for goals against average.  

EIU and Bermeo’s goals against average is .733 as she has only allowed 11 goals this season.  

Bermeo is also ranked 46th in the nation for her saving percentage which is .838 as she has made 57 saves on the season.  

EIU will travel to Southern Indiana this weekend for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Screaming Eagles (0-5-2) in their final regular season match.