The Eastern Michigan women’s soccer team hosted the University of Toledo on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Scicluna Field in Ypsilanti, where the Eagles fell short to the Rockets, 2-1.
The Eagles totaled 19 shots during the match but were only able to make one past the Rockets.
The loss puts the Eagles' record at 2-9-3 overall, and 1-5-1 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
The Rockets were able to gain possession scoring the first goal in the 17' as Toledo's Mia Leonetti lifted a shot into the upper corner just outside of the box. The score was then in favor of the Rockets, 1-0.
Six minutes later, Toledo was able to take advantage as Morgan Otteson placed her shot in the left netting making the score 2-0 in the 23'.
After halftime, the Eagles quickly responded as sophomore Sophia D’Ambra pulled one back for the team on the 49'. Freshman Arielle Fink received a pass and moved down the right flank before turning and feeding a pass to D’Ambra, who fired into the lower left side of the net making it 2-1.
This marked D'Ambra's second goal of the year, while also making her the fifth Eagle to record multiple goals this year.
EMU then took control of a loose ball near midfield and pushed toward the attacking third. The Eagles were unable to complete the comeback as several attempts on frame went wide.
Sophomores Maddie O’Farrell and Megan Lukowski tied for the team high in shots with four, while D’Ambra, who tallied four shots, tied with Lukowski for shots on goal with three each.
The freshmen were able to earn their first collegiate starts against Toledo on Thursday with Emily Iafrate, Mary Grimes, and Fink each making their first appearances in the starting lineup.
Next up, the Eagles will return to action on Sunday in Kalamazoo for a 1 p.m. matchup against MAC rival Western Michigan University at the WMU Soccer Complex.
Following that, EMU will travel to Dekalb, Ill. to face off against Northern Illinois University. That match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. CT.
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