Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer headed into Scicluna Field, Sunday, Sept. 10, for a matchup against the Oakland University Grizzlies, The Eagles snagged a goal in the first overtime period to secure a 1-0 victory. This win pushed the Eagles to a 2-0-1 record at home and a 3-3-1 record altogether for the season.
Despite a 1-0 score, the Eagles dominated the majority of the offense. In the first period, Eastern doubled the Grizzlies shots sending 10 toward the net to Oakland’s five. In spite of the 10 shots, Eastern was only able to put three of these shots on target. Eastern found themselves shooting more than Oakland; however Oakland was putting shots on net at a more consistent percentage, coming it at 40 percent compared to the Eagles 30 percent. The offensive attack did not stop there as Eastern also secured five corner kicks in comparison to the Grizzlies one in the first period.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Kaylin Williams stood tall in net. Kaylin, an experienced starter, proved to be a dominant goalkeeper in the first, second and overtime periods. Kaylin had 22 games under her belt as a starter heading into her junior season. She started all 20 matches for the Eagles in net and her experience proved to be a significant difference as she kept the Grizzlies off the scoreboard in this 1-0 shutout.
Kaylin’s performance was crucial come the second half as the Grizzlies took control offensively. Oakland secured the advantage in shots, seven to six and shots on targets, four to three. In spite of the shot advantage, neither Oakland nor Eastern Michigan to managed to sink a goal in regular time.
Following 90 minutes of scoreless action, the Eagles and Grizzlies readied up for overtime. Five minutes into overtime, Eastern connected on a free kick, scoring the winning goal. The free kick was taken by sophomore Nicole Remedios and headed in by freshman Marla Cobetto. This goal marked Cobetto’s first of the season.
The Eagles will look to build on this victory as they head into their next match on Sept. 15 against Utah State at Scicluna Field for a 5 p.m. kick-off. The Eagles will close the weekend in a matchup against Detroit-Mercy, Sept. 17.
The Detroit-Mercy matchup closes nonconference play for the Eagles as they begin facing MAC opponents.