Eastern Michigan women’s soccer player Lindsey Shira was named the United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week following wins over Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Shira, who is in her junior season, scored the game-winning goals in both victories last week, including an 83rd minute score versus the Broncos. The Eagles have now won two consecutive games for the first time this season.
Shira came to Eastern Michigan in 2017 following her high school career at Anchor Bay High School, where she was selected to the All-District team twice and was All-State as a junior. In her first year with the Eagles, Shira started 12 games and recorded her first goal versus Ohio on Sept. 22. The following year, she started 21 games and had a team-high six assists. She also had 10 shots on goal during her sophomore season.
Coming into her junior year, Shira was expected to take another step forward and she did so. She has played in all 12 games this year and has totaled 15 shots, four goals and one assist. Including this season, Shira has seven assists and five goals in her college career. She has helped lead the Eagles recover from an 0-2 start in conference play following losses to Miami (OH) (3-1) and Ball State (3-2). Eastern Michigan is 2-2 in the MAC now.
The Eagles are 2-1-1 on their home field this year, which includes a draw versus Oakland on Aug. 22 and the aforementioned victories over Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. In the win over the Broncos, Western Michigan got off to a quick start and took a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute. EMU responded, though, scoring three goals in a 14-minute span and taking the lead. Shira scored two goals, including the score to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
A reporter at the Echo reached out to EMU Media Relations but no one from the team was made available for comment.
The Eagles will look to continue their winning ways versus the Rockets in Toledo on Oct. 10. The game after that will be against Bowling Green at home on Oct. 13 at Scicluna Field.