By Chris McGee
Eastern’s soccer team (2-2-1) had an up-and-down weekend. Friday they lost to Cincinnati (3-0-1) on the road and battled Wright State University (2-1-2) to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Sunday’s game was a back-and-forth match with neither team being able to convert and break the tie.
Senior Deja Tennon, junior Lauren Fant and sophomores Emily D’Italia and Paige Larkin played all 110 minutes on the backline. In addition, goalkeeper Erika Wolfer recorded six saves, one of which prevented Wright State from winning the game.
Assistant coach Chris Swift said he was pleased with the team’s tenacity in this game.
“As the game went into overtime, they tested our mettle, and we showed our character by giving it the maximum effort for the whole 110 minutes,” Swift said.
The Colonels revived their offense in the Cincinnati game. In the previous week’s game against the Wildcats, the team only attempted one shot. In the Bearcats game, the team attempted nine shots and recorded five corner kicks.
Junior Nikki Donnelly led the team with three shots, and sophomore Devon Saini followed up with two shots with one of them being on goal.
Coach Swift said although he was disappointed with the loss, he was proud of how hard the team played for the full 90 minutes.
Swift said defensive pressure would be the main focus in practice this week.
“We are going to concentrate on defensive pressure and finding where we can convert that defensive pressure into goals in front of the net,” Swift said.
He also said the draw on Sunday wasn’t a knock against either team.
“We had opportunities; they had opportunities,” Swift said. “It’s just a matter of neither team being able to convert and seal the deal.”
The team will travel to Charleston, S.C. Friday for a pair of games. The Colonels face Kennesaw State University at 5 p.m. Friday and will end the weekend with a match against the College of Charleston at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.