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Panthers look to continue the momentum after Sunday

Head Coach Dirk Bennett hopes that freshman forward Alex Tetteh will be able to continue her success against Morehead State. (File)

The Panthers look to continue their momentum from Sunday as they face Morehead State University eagles on Thursday.

Eastern was able to win in their previous game against the Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) Hawks on Sunday by a score of 2-0 after freshman forward Alex Tetteh scored a highlight reel goal off of an assist from senior midfielder Cam Korhorn to seal the game. The Panthers work on finishing a lot in practice and it came together on Sunday.

“[Alex] can do it, we’ve seen in practice but we’re always striving for consistency especially as a freshman,” Head Coach Dirk Bennett said. “My assistant coach [Deanna Hecht] has been doing a lot of finishing shooting practices with the team outside of the normal practice times, and Alex is one of those kids that has been showing up, so we’re hopeful that she can keep doing it and then next time someone else does it just the same.”

The Panthers trained hard the past week for their matches and now are training just as hard to continue their momentum in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“We haven’t won at SEMO since 2003” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of momentum that goes with that naturally so we’re going to do everything we can to just replicate what we did in the game, but also during the week of training because I feel like the girls earned everything they got Sunday.”

The Panthers come into this game with a record of 2-5-2 and 1-1 in OVC play. Morehead State has a record of 3-4-4 on the season including 2-0-1 in OVC play. They will be a big challenge for the Panthers as they look ahead in the OVC.

“We do have some really good opponents coming up. Morehead has been picking up results,” Bennett said, “The challenges are still in front of us but anytime you get points on the road early it takes away some of the stress that finds you later, but as we know the OVC always comes down to the final day.”

The Panthers look to continue winning games in the OVC as their one win puts them in the middle of the pack. Morehead State will be a challenge, but the Panthers know what they must do to continue winning in the OVC.

The Panthers play Morehead State at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Field on Thursday.

Patrick Schmitz can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].

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Patrick Schmitz is a freshman sports media relations major. This is his first year at The News. 

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