HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women's soccer team
dominated their match with the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Friday night at
Memorial Stadium, capping their performance with a victory on a goal in the 88th
minute from freshman Sydney Lovelace.
The Sycamores (2-2) jumped on the Panthers (1-4) from the opening whistle, taking five shots in the opening eight minutes of action. Sophomore Bria Caldwell and Lovelace each recorded a shot on goal, with Caldwell also hitting the near post from a close angle during the early run of play.
In the opening 45 minutes, Indiana State recorded a 12-3 advantage in shots, holding Eastern Illinois without an attempt until just five minutes remained in the half. The Sycamores put four of their 12 shots on frame in the first half.
Indiana State nearly went in front in the 57th minute, as Lovelace set up sophomore Emily Chura for a shot from six yards out in the center of the box, but Eastern Illinois' Jessica Taldone was up to the task and made a great diving save to keep the game scoreless.
The next thirty minutes of action was a defensive battle, with each side taking just two attempts at goal.
Lovelace nearly put the Sycamores in front one minute before her game-winner, but her shot from the right side of the box in the 86th minute hit the side-netting. The freshman from Franklin, Ohio, capitalized on her second chance in the closing minutes, however, taking a pass from sophomore Alexandra Rodas and driving towards goal on the right wing. Lovelace beat the EIU goalkeeper to the back post for her first collegiate goal with just two minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the game.
Indiana State finished the game with a 17-5 advantage in shots on Friday, including a 6-1 edge in shots on goal. Lovelace led the team with six shots (two on goal) while Chura added three attempts.
Freshman Erin Mitchell recorded her second shutout of the season in goal for Indiana State, making one save in the first half.
Indiana State returns to the field at Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Murray State Racers at 1:00 p.m. The game will be aired live for free on GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision.