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Men’s soccer drops first Summit League match

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Daniel Kadima dribbles the ball in a training session for the Leathernecks.

Daniel Kadima dribbles the ball in a training session for the Leathernecks.

Becca Langys/ Photo Editor

Daniel Kadima dribbles the ball in a training session for the Leathernecks.

Becca Langys/ Photo Editor

Becca Langys/ Photo Editor

Daniel Kadima dribbles the ball in a training session for the Leathernecks.

Jacob VanZuiden, Courier Staff

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 CHARLESTON, Ill — The Purple and Gold looked to capture their first road victory of the season when they headed to Eastern Illinois University in preparation for their Saturday afternoon matchup.

They fell to the Panthers 1-0 and now move on to a season record of 2-7-3 and are 0-1-1 in Summit League play. Eastern now moves on to 3-6-3 in the season and 1-0-1 in conference play.

This conference game was vital to this team and coaching staff considering the kind of impact that it could have in the conference’s standings. Director of Soccer, Eric Johnson, spoke on the matter, emphasizing the importance of a win in this one.

“Critical road game for the Leathernecks,” Johnson said. “Both teams are sitting on one point, so this is a real swing game for the standings. Eastern Illinois drew Denver at home with a great defensive effort and shutout, so we will have to be sharp and on our game to get the win.”

This was a contest dominated by defense. Sophomore midfielder Paul Kirdorf in the 21st minute and senior midfielder Daniel Kadima in the 26th minute both challenged the Eastern Illinois goalkeeper with their shots, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Goalkeeper for the Purple and Gold, junior Tim Trilk, also did a fine job of his own by keeping his team tied in a scoreless match up through one half.

Defense highlighted the second half as well, as both of these squads were relatively quiet. The 87th minute of the contest saw sophomore midfielder Luke Duball take what was arguably the team’s best look they had seen all game, but failed to get past the Panthers’ goalie.

The game took a dive into overtime as regulation ended play in a scoreless battle. Both Kadima and Kirdorf were able to manage decent looks on their shot attempts, but both of these attempts were ultimately controlled by the Panthers’ goalie.

The scoreless affair ended on the 106th minute on a shot from the top of the box by Christian Sosnowski that rebounded from a defender and into the back of the net for the golden goal.

For the Purple and Gold, this was their first Summit League loss of the season. Currently sitting at 2-7-3, they’ll look to rebound in a big way when they face the University of Nebraska- Omaha at home this on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.

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