Underclassmen Shine in 2-1 Win Over Western Illinois

MACOMB, Ill. – Two freshmen scored Saturday as SIUE women's soccer won its final exhibition game of the 2014 season.

"We feel good and we feel positive," said Head Coach Derek Burton. "We planned our preseason like that to get our young team on the road and get that under our belts. It's great to see our young players get 180 minutes in."

The Cougars started the game out with a bang as freshmen Caroline Hoefert (Godfrey, Illinois) scored in the first minute after taking her player on in the box.   

Western Illinois responded quickly in the 16th minute with a goal of their own.

Freshman Mariah Vollmer (Troy, Missouri) scored the game-winning goal at the end of the first half on a through ball from junior Katye Skrivan (Florrissant, Mo.). Both Hoefert and Vollmer recorded their first goals of the season as well as the first goals for the Cougars in the 2014 season.

"It's encouraging to see people get their first goals," said Burton. "It shows that we are continuing to add quality players to our team."

The Cougars finished the game with a very limited roster due to injury and players not being fully ready for competition. Moving forward, Burton fully expects a return for the players who were not able to play today, but still sees many positive aspects of the players who competed today.

"We played with three subs today, which means we had some people playing out of position. I tip my hat to them for being able to be flexible and do what we asked of them," said Burton.

SIUE opens up regular season play at Korte Stadium Friday against UIC at 7 p.m.