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Eastern women’s soccer team waits for season opener as conference gets going

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 21, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team does not get its season underway until Friday, but a handful of its conference competitors will add a number to the win-loss column Thursday. The reigning OVC champion Murray State Racers kick off the year Thursday at 3 p.m. as the team plays host to Xavier. Murray State retu...

Men’s soccer getting ready for the regular season after final exhibition match

Blake Faith, Men's Soccer Reporter

August 20, 2019

Although the Eastern men’s soccer team went 1-1 in exhibition play, including a 3-0 loss to St. Louis University Monday, the team is still planning to grow offensively. In Eastern’s first game of exhibition play, sophomore Chad Hamler scored the first goal of this season in a 1-0 win against Va...

Women’s soccer team picked to finish 5th in OVC preseason poll

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 20, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team was selected to place fifth in the OVC preseason poll. Eastern is ranked two slots lower than they finished last year, behind Murray State, Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Last season the polls were much harsher to the Pant...

Column: Exhibition matches do not tell whole story for women’s soccer

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Eastern forward Pilar Barrio bumps a defender to try to get the ball back during the women’s soccer team’s 1-1 tie with Northern Illinois Friday at Lakeside Field.

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 19, 2019

The Eastern women’s soccer team opened up the year with a 1-1-1 record in its three exhibition matchups, so the preseason seems to come out to a wash. Frankly, 3-0 or 0-3 would not have given much more indication as to how the season will play out. That is not to say these games are not valuable, ...

Men’s soccer team picked to finish last in Summit League coaches poll

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

August 19, 2019

The Summit League coaches made their picks, and Eastern's men's soccer team was predicted to finish last in the conference this season. The coaches poll for Summit League men's soccer was released Monday, with Denver atop the poll. With the first-place pick, this poll marks the seventh consecuti...

Women’s soccer team finishes exhibition play with win over Evansville

Tom O'Connor, Women's Soccer Reporter

August 18, 2019

Evansville forward Sophia Rodil swung her leg back and then forward to strike the ball in pendulum-like fashion, but it deflected off of the scoreboard as part of yet another empty drive for the Aces in the second half. Through 55 minutes of play, that had been the only time they had touched the ...

Men’s soccer team’s defense will have new look this season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

August 18, 2019

  The year on the calendar may be different, but not many things seem different for the men’s soccer team. Not to say that is a bad thing; the players and coaches believe it is a strong point for the team, having so much chemistry among an almost identical roster for the last couple years...

Men’s soccer team looking for improved offense this season

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Jake Andrews fends off a sliding defender while making a move with the ball during Eastern’s 0-1 loss to Green Bay at Lakeside Field in September 2018.

Blake Faith, Men's Soccer Reporter

August 14, 2019

While defense is a focus of the program, Eastern men’s soccer head coach Kiki Lara developed more offensive strategies in the offseason that he hopes to implement this season. The strategy is to be more aggressive offensively, making their chances count when they have numbers behind the ball. “...

Women’s soccer returns most of roster, hosts exhibition matches this weekend

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Kayla Stolfa fights for position against a Southeast Missouri attacker during the Eastern women’s soccer team’s 0-1 loss at Lakeside Field in October 2018.

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

August 14, 2019

Topping the Eastern women’s soccer team’s rise and late-season thrills from last season might be tough for the current squad, but the spectators that watched in 2018 will recognize plenty of familiar faces trying to do just that. Out of the 21 players on the Panthers’ roster this year, 13 of them hit th...

Former rugby field to be converted to new soccer field

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

June 21, 2019

The field that formerly housed Eastern rugby will be converted to a soccer field for Eastern athletics. Work on the field, which is located right next to fourth street, started before the academic year ended in May, and associate athletic director Rich Moser said work on the conversion is progressing. However,...

Column: Offense is necessity for men’s soccer team next year

Matheus Santos winds up for a shot during Eastern’s 1-0 loss to Green Bay at Lakeside Field on Sept. 2.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

November 12, 2018

The men’s soccer team’s season was a rollercoaster that kept teasing a slow, continuing rise, but always delivered a steep drop at the last second. Scoring more goals was a priority at the beginning of the season, and while it did improve, it left room for improvement that, in my opinion, is needed...

Men’s soccer team falls in tournament semifinals

Luke Kurili tries to protect the ball from a Northern Illinois defender during Eastern’s 2-0 loss on Sept. 21 at Lakeside Field.

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Men's Soccer Reporter

November 8, 2018

Eastern men’s soccer ends the season unceremoniously after losing 1-0 to Denver in the Summit League Championship semifinals. An early first half goal from Denver senior Andre Shinyashiki gave the Pioneers the lead, which they never surrendered.  Shinyashiki received a pass just outside the box and d...

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