EIU Sports Results from September 10-11:
Eastern Illinois women’s soccer had its best offensive performance of the season as the Panthers beat Northern Iowa, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-5 on the season.
Kathleen MacKinnon opened the scoring as the senior found the back of the net in the 17th minute connecting on a cross from Kayla Stolfa that was sent in from the lower left hand side of the goal box.
EIU took that 1-0 lead to the half with goalkeeper Sara Teteak making four first half saves for EIU as the freshman goalkeeper posted her first career shutout in the net for the Panthers. Teteak ended the match with six saves as UNI had a 15-5 shots advantage with six shots on goal.
EIU had only four shots on goal in the match but finished with a high efficiency rate with three goals.
Kate Olson gave EIU an insurance goal early in the second half as she knocked home a header in the 49th minute on a ball served into the goal box by Carrie Caplin on a free kick. The free kick was set up by a hand ball violation by Northern Iowa.
The final EIU goal came off the foot of freshman Sarah DeWolf as she had a quick one touch in front of the net on a ball passed in by Elisabeth Held in the 56th minute.
EIU takes the next week off and will return to action on Monday, Sept. 19 hosting Marian University.
In a rematch from a meeting just one week ago, Eastern Illinois and Louisiana Tech met up in the final game of the EIU Panther Classic. The Panthers looked to avenge a loss from a week ago, but it was Louisiana Tech who defeated the Panthers in five sets as EIU fell by scores of 18-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 2-15.
Eastern Illinois drops to 2-9 on the season with the loss to LA Tech.
Taylor Smith was named to the EIU Panther Classic All-Tournament Team for the Panthers.
In the first game of the afternoon session at the EIU Panther Classic, Bowling Green defeated Drake 3-1. Jelena Sunjic posted 17 kills to lead BGSU, with Makena Schoene earning nine kills to lead Drake.
Bowling Green earned the tournament championship, as the finished with a perfect 3-0 record. Drake at 2-1 earned second place honors. LA Tech (1-2) came in third place, with EIU (0-3) rounding out the tournament field.
Following a two hour, forty-five minute weather delay Saturday’s game between Eastern Illinois and Miami came down to the final 56 seconds as the Mitch Kimble hit Devin Church for a 7-yard touchdown pass as EIU won 21-17.
It was the sixth win over an FBS program for Eastern Illinois with the last coming during the 2013 season a 40-19 win over San Diego State. EIU improved to 1-1 on the season and will play at Illinois State next Saturday afternoon in the 105th playing of the Mid-America Classic. ISU upset Northwestern earlier on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers trailed 17-7 late in the third quarter and appeared to be running out of time after a botched snap on a 29-yard field goal attempt allowed Miami to get the ball back with a 17-7 lead.
Kimble went to work driving the Panthers down the field trimming the lead to 17-14 with 3:57 to play as he connected with Dennis Turner for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Kimble was 19-of-32 for 150 yards in the game. Seventy of those yards came in the fourth quarter on the Panthers two scoring drives after Kimble had 80 yards passing in the opening half.
The final drive was set up after the Panthers defense forced a 3-and-out accompanied by two Miami penalties that had the RedHawks punting out of their own end zone. Following the punt, EIU took over at its own 49 yard line. In the winning drive Kimble had a 14-yard rush that kept the drive alive as he finished with 49 yards rushing.
After the Panthers go ahead score, EIU was able to sit back and rely on its defense to help pick up the win. Bradley Dewberry had a tipped pass while Jarvis Williams added a sack and another tackle. Miami was unable to get a final snap off as the clock ran to 0:00.
EIU is now 6-33 all-time against FBS schools. Five of the six wins have come over current Mid-America Conference members.
A couple of first half miscues gave Miami an early 10-0 lead over Eastern Illinois. The Panthers were able to trim that lead to three points at the half.
Eastern Illinois defense came up big following an EIU turnover midway through the second half. The Panthers then gave the ball right back to the RedHawks with a penalty on the punt return. Billy Bahl found Rokeem Williams on the first play following the penalty for a 51-yard touchdown pass to put Miami up 10-0 with 7:37 to play.
The RedHawks had taken a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a Sam Sloman 31-yard field goal after the Panthers made a defensive stand inside the red zone.
EIU’s offense cut the lead to a field goal with a long drive to end the second quarter. Kimble hit Addison Bounds for a 3-yard touchdown with 57 seconds remaining in the half. On the drive EIU converted on all four third down attempts after going 0-for-4 on their previous third down attempts in the half.
Miami quashed any momentum EIU had gained with a late second quarter score as they marched down to open the second half with a7:09 drive that ended with a Bahl 14-yard touchdown pass to James Gardner. Bahl was 13-of-22 for 250 yards.
Pono Choy was active for the Panthers defense finishing with 15 tackles. Jarvis Williams added nine tackles with the sack. Nick Horne had a second quarter interception, the Panthers first turnover gained of the season.