Lady Eagles Dominate Opponents in First Soccer Match-ups of Year
Eastern Michigan’s Women’s Soccer team won a pair of matches over the last August weekend against Creighton and Oakland Universities. After losing three of their first four matches the two wins moves the Eagles to a .500 record with three matches left before conference play begins.
Creighton traveled to Scicluna Field on Friday, August 31st for noon matchup with the Eagles. EMU found the back of the net early by a shot inside the box by Chloe Chatzis in the fourth minute of the match. Mikayla Cupp and Marla Cobetto were credited with an assist each giving EMU an early 1-0 lead.
60 minutes passed before another shot crossed the goal line, this time by Creighton’s Taryn Jakubowski. Jakubowski scored on a penalty kick following a penalty inside the box by EMU. Luckily for EMU, the team managed to score the game winning goal in the final minute of the match off the foot of Tessa Osborne. Osborne scored with the help of some precision passing from her teammates Sabrina McNeil and Lindsey Shira who both received assists for their work. EMU won by a final score of 2-1.
Following the match with Creighton, Eastern Michigan took a trip to Rochester, Michigan for a matchup with Oakland University. Yet again, Eastern Michigan managed to score in the fourth minute of the match, this time McNeil found herself finishing off an assist from Osborne. McNeil put the ball in the top right corner, giving the Oakland goalkeeper no chance at stopping the shot. McNeil’s goal came early but in the end turned out to be the game winner as EMU keeper Mabel Dunn kept the Grizzlies out of the net. Eastern Michigan claimed their second victory in three days by a final score of 1-0.
After a pair of wins, EMU will return home to take on Illinois-Chicago Sunday, September 9th. The match is Eastern Michigan’s final chance to defend their home field against non-conference opponents as their last two games prior to MAC play will occur on the road against the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts the following week.