Women’s Soccer Hosts Central Michigan On Sunday

Women’s Soccer Hosts Central Michigan On Sunday

Eastern Illinois (2-3-1) vs. Central Michigan (2-3)

Sunday, September 12

12 pm at Lakeside Field 

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ON-TAP: Eastern Illinois hosts Central Michigan on Sunday in the Panthers lone contest for the week.  EIU split its weekend matches last week picking up a 1-0 win over Chicago State before a road loss at Cincinnati.   EIU is now 2-3-1 on the season.   Central Michigan enters at 2-3 following a double overtime win over IUPUI. 


GOALS BY COMMITTEE: Serra Pizano scored the goal in last Friday’s win over Chicago State as she became the fourth different Panther to find the back of the net this season.  Nicoletta Anuci is the team leader with two goals after she scored a brace in the win over Illinois Springfield.  Michaela Danyo and Zenaya Barnes have also scored this season.   Anuci leads the team with nine shots including five on goal. 


WEEKEND SPLIT: Eastern Illinois split its weekend series last weekend as the Panthers opened with their third straight weekend of two matches during the weekend frame.  Last weekend EIU won at home against Chicago State before a road loss at Cincinnati  EIU had opened the season with a loss to Indiana State before beating Illinois Springfield.  The second weekend of the year saw the Panthers play to a scoreless draw at Purdue Fort Wayne before a loss at Wisconsin.    

EIU PICKS UP HOME WIN:  Eastern Illinois picked up its second home win of the season last Friday when the Panthers beat Chicago State 1-0.  The Panthers are now 2-1 at Lakeside Field this season.   EIU posted a 2-3 record at home during the spring after going 3-3-2 at Lakeside Field during the 2019 campaign. 


EIU POSTS THIRD SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON: Eastern Illinois posted its third shutout of the season last Friday with a 1-0 win over Chicago State.  In the match goalkeeper Faith Davies had a clean sheet but a good bit of the credit goes to the Panthers backline as EIU did not allow CSU to attempt a shot on goal.  The backline included Eva Munoz, Morgan Rinker and Sarah Hagg who all played the complete 90 minutes on the field.  Mara Kades started in the back row but was replaced by Lauren Frick following an injury. 


FIFTH YEAR LEADERS: Eastern Illinois had three players take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19 impacting the fall season in 2020.  EIU returns fifth year players Itxaso AgueroPilar Barrio and Eva Munoz.  All three players who are originally from Spain will be returning after starting matches in each of the previous four seasons.


BALCEREK LISTED AS OVC PLAYER TO WATCH: Midfielder Kenzie Balcerek was named the EIU Player to Watch in the OVC this year as she returns for her third year as a starter on the squad.  Balcerek played all but six minutes on the pitch last spring finishing with one assist.  As a freshman in 2019 she started the first 11 matches of the season registering one assist before a season ending injury.   


THREE A MAGIC NUMBER: Eastern Illinois scored three goals during its Aug. 22 win over Illinois Springfield.  It was the sixth time in the last four seasons that EIU has scored three goals in a match, the Panthers posting a 6-0 record in those contests.  EIU’s last three goal match was last spring with a 3-2 win over Jacksonville State on March 30.

SERIES HISTORY: This will be the first meeting between Eastern Illinois and Central Michigan on the pitch.  EIU is 11-23-2 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference with the last contest against Ball State to open the 2019 season.


NEXT UP: Following the single home match against Central Michigan, EIU will play a single match next weekend at DePaul before opening Ohio Valley Conference play on Sept. 26 hosting Morehead State.

HEAD COACH: Jake Plant enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Eastern Illinois women’s soccer team.  A 2014 EIU alumnus and former member of the Panthers men’s soccer program, Plant was the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s program for two years with one additional season as an assistant for the men’s program before being named EIU women’s head coach in 2018.  Plant led EIU to a 6-8-6 record in his first season including a 4-3-3 record in OVC play.  In 2019, he once again took EIU to the OVC Tournament winning a first-round match.  He enters his fourth season with a record of 12-25-11 with an 8-15-7 record in OVC matches.  He is a native of Birmingham, England.  He is assisted by Dirk Bennett

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