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Column: Men’s soccer needs to fix its offense sooner rather than later

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

September 3, 2019

Kiki Lara necessarily focused a big portion of the offseason toward making the men’s soccer team a new, improved and hopefully more productive offensive threat. Lara, the head coach, and his players made this season’s preseason storyline about the optimism of an offense sending more players for...

Women’s soccer loses close match 2-1, starts season with 2 losses

Tom O'Connor, Women's Soccer Reporter

September 2, 2019

Once head coach Jake Plant had processed what was a scoreless 6-0 loss to Ball State, he avowed that the occasion demonstrated a need for reflection as the season got underway. Between then and now, Plant watched the Eastern women’s soccer team pivot from the defeat with a mindset he considers to ...

Men’s soccer loses first two matches to start the season

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Shady Omar tries to retrieve the ball out of midair as a defender grabs him during the Eastern men’s soccer team’s 2-1 loss to Valparaiso in October 2018 at Lakeside Field.

Blake Faith, Men's Soccer Reporter

September 2, 2019

The men’s soccer team went 0-2 this weekend in its first two games of the season, losing the season-opener 3-1 to Evansville and losing 3-0 to Xavier Monday. Against Evansville Aug. 30, Eastern started the game down 1-0 before halftime. In the last three minutes of the first half, goalkeeper Jonath...

Men’s soccer team looking to improve offense, ready for season opener

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

August 29, 2019

Saint Louis erected a roadblock in the Eastern men’s soccer team’s path toward an improved offense this season by shutting Eastern out 3-0 in an exhibition match Aug. 19. Being an exhibition match, the loss and subsequently the shutout, do not paint the end-all-be-all picture for the Panthers’ sea...

Women’s soccer team ready to bounce back after season-opening loss

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 29, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team gets a shot to even its record as the Panthers hit the road to face Missouri-Kansas City Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern opened the season unceremoniously, dropping its first match 6-0 against Ball State Aug. 23. Junior midfielder Haylee Renick said the result of the...

Burke ready to improve, lead men’s soccer this season

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Eastern goalkeeper Jonathan Burke skies over an attacker to make a save during the men’s soccer team’s double-overtime 1-1 tie with Evansville in August 2018 at Lakeside Field.

Blake Faith, Men's Soccer Reporter

August 28, 2019

When Jonathan Burke came on his college visit to Eastern he had a good feeling about Eastern’s soccer program, that if he came to Eastern everything would work out. Burke, the starting goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team, also knew his high school statistics would have to be carried over to Ea...

Women’s soccer, OVC have mixed results to start season

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Haylee Renick posts up against a defender to try and coral a pass during the Eastern women’s soccer team’s 1-1 tie in an exhibition match against Northern Illinois Aug. 16 at Lakeside Field.

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 28, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team kicked off the 2019 campaign with a loss, but this week, the Panthers, along with plenty other OVC counterparts, look to right their ships. Eastern stays on the road, after the season opener, to face Missouri-Kansas City Friday at 7 p.m. The Panthers got rolled in t...

Column: Defense remains a focus for Eastern’s men’s soccer team

Blake Faith, Men's Soccer Reporter

August 26, 2019

Offensively, the men’s soccer team only scored 12 goals throughout the season last year. While the offense was stifled, the team’s defense, which it is known for, was good. Coach Kiki Lara made defense an imperative part of the team’s culture and it has shown. Last year, Eastern’s defe...

Column: Women’s soccer team’s season-opening loss could have been worse

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 26, 2019

  Ball State essentially turned its women’s soccer match against Eastern into a baseball score, 6-0, by the end of the contest. The Cardinals controlled the ball for a majority of the first half and ended up leading 2-0 after 45 minutes as the ESPN+ broadcast team discussed how the Panthe...

Women’s soccer team trounced 6-0 by Ball State in season opener

Tom O'Connor, Women's Soccer Reporter

August 25, 2019

After articulating its determination to make up for the conference semifinals loss to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, the Eastern Women’s soccer team’s season opener seemed to place their postseason prospects out of focus. In fact, the Panthers have not quite begun a seas...

There are two ways men’s soccer team can beef up its scoring

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

August 25, 2019

Generally, most teams have more than one flaw to continually fix throughout their respective seasons. The Eastern men’s soccer team has spots to fill defensively, but head coach Kiki Lara always makes sure the defense is stout and tight. Jonathan Burke is the no-doubt starting goalkeeper, taking o...

Women’s soccer team ready to improve upon last season, face Ball State Friday in season opener

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Kenzie Balcerak jumps to attempt to block a long pass by a Northern Illinois midfielder to a forward during the Eastern women’s soccer team’s 1-1 tie in an exhibition match with Northern Illinois Friday at Lakeside Field.

Tom O'Connor, Women's Soccer Reporter

August 22, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team has greeted reminders of last season’s championship with a subtle nod to what they accomplished, though not without a sense of disappointment. The Panthers have lamented a third-place finish and the conclusion to a season that ended in the Ohio Valley Conference ...

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