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Sophomore Forward Casey Welage tries to steal the soccerball from Lindenwood Lions defender at Lakeside Field Thursday afternoon.

EIU sees improvements in Oakley’s second year

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor November 13, 2023

Eastern men’s soccer showed an improvement in Head Coach Josh Oakley’s second season with the team. They improved from 1-12-3 to 4-10-5, which is their best since 2019, and their conference...

Sam Eccles, a senior forward (9) attempts to steal the ball from senior Incarnate word midfielder Luis Zuniga (8) during their OVC semifinals tournament held at Ralph Korte Stadium wednesday evening.

Eastern ends season on a 1-0 loss to UIW

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor November 8, 2023

Eastern men’s soccer season ends with a 1-0 loss to the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The Cardinals’ lone goal came from sophomore forward Sello Diphoko off of an assist from junior defender Will...

Freshman defender Jake McConnery prepares for a shot.

The Panthers prepare for second round of the OVC tournament

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor November 7, 2023

Eastern men's soccer will be playing in the second round of a conference tournament for the first time since 2007. “Preseason polls, everyone’s saying, ‘Oh we’re not supposed to be here,...

Forward Casey Welage (8) and midfielder Jake Pollock (25) chase after the ball at mens soccer practice at Lakeside Field on Thursday.

Eastern wins OVC tournament game

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor November 5, 2023

Eastern men’s soccer won a game in a conference tournament for the first time since 2007 where it beat Drake University in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Panthers won 3-1 on penalties...

Defensive specialist/libero Christina Martinez Mundo (4), bumps the ball during their game vs. Missouri State. The Panthers won 3-0 against the Tigers.

Panthers of the Week: Christina Martinez Mundo, Chad Smith

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 5, 2023

The female Panther of the Week is going to Christina Martinez Mundo from the volleyball team. The senior libero/defensive specialist from San Juan, Puerto Rico helped the Panthers sweep the Little Rock...

Maxwell Allen, a fifth year senior defender (15), dribbles the ball away from University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles during their game at Lakeside field thursday afternoon. Maxwell scored the last goal in the second half to put the panthers over the screaming eagles. Panthers won 1-0.

Panthers of the Week: Maxwell Allen, Chad Smith

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor October 29, 2023

The first Panther of the Week is going to Maxwell Allen from the men’s soccer team. The fifth-year defender from Indianapolis scored the lone goal to give the Panthers a win over the Southern Indiana...

Sam Eccles, a senior forward (9), dribbles the ball pass defender during their game against University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles at Lakeside field thursday afternoon.

Eastern able to get last minute victory against Southern Indiana

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor October 26, 2023

The Panthers pulled off another last-minute win to beat the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles 1-0. Eastern's goal came going into the 87th minute when senior forward Sam Eccles took the ball to...

Senior forward Julian Smith tries to get past freshman forward Jeffery Rinker II.

Eastern hopes to hold on to playoff spot going into final two games

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor October 25, 2023

The Panthers are in the middle of a close race to make the Ohio Valley Conference championship tournament. Eastern is sixth out of eight in the OVC with eight points but is tied with Chicago State....

Number 1, Chad Smith (right), a sophomore goalkeeper, catches the ball mid-air after a close shot by number 28 Marco Presta (left), a freshman defender, during the mens soccer game at Lakeside Field Saturday morning. Smith had 6 saves and allowed 1 goal. The Panthers tied 1-1 against the Leathernecks.

Eastern ties Chicago State in second shutout of the season

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor October 15, 2023

The Panthers posted a shutout for the first time since their first game on August 28 against Governors State where they won 1-0, except this time they tied 0-0 against the Chicago State University...

Goalkeeper Kyce Toutanji, kicks a long ball to start the game against the IUPUI Jaguars Tuesday evening. The Panthers and Jaguars tied 1-1 with Eastern scoring with 5 minutes left on the clock.

Eastern heads into conference play at 1-4-2

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor September 22, 2023

The Panthers head into their first game of Ohio Valley Conference play against the Lindenwood University Lions with a record of 1-4-2. Eastern ends its non-conference schedule with a two-game losing...

Forward Jeffery Rinker II (11) and midfielder Felipe Kerr Lourenco (6) at mens soccer practice Lakeside Field on Thursday.

Eastern hopes to continue pressure in second half against Western Illinois

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor September 15, 2023

The Panthers will face the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Saturday at 1 p.m. at John MacKenzie Alumni Field in Macomb, Ill. Eastern comes into this game sitting at 1-2-2 having tied their last...

Forward Maxwell Allen plays vs. Bellarmine Saturday afternoon. The Panthers lost 2-0 at Lakeside Field.

Panthers record second loss of season against Knights

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter September 10, 2023

Eastern lost a competitive game to Bellarmine 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Field. The Knights scored two goals in the first 21 minutes. Bellarmine was aggressive all game especially in the beginning. EIU...

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