SIUE Defeats IUPUI in Exhibition Match

Angel Ikeda (21) scores for the cougars
Angel Ikeda (21) scores for the cougars

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's soccer downed IUPUI in its final exhibition match of the season 3-1. After a scoreless first half, the Cougars scored three straight to take down the Jaguars.

Head Coach Derek Burton was pleased with his team's overall play.

"We definitely liked the way we played in the second half. We are trying to find a good combination of players to start out the game," Burton said. "We kept a high level of play even with numerous subs going in."

The Cougars shot 10 times, with seven of the shots on goal.

Emily Grahl put the Cougars on the scoreboard early in the second half at 49:06 with a goal from five yards out. Freshman Andrea Frerker assisted with a perfect centering pass.

Caroline Hoefert had a solid game up front for the Cougars, shooting twice and scoring one goal at 61:34. Angel Ikeda added a goal at 74:38 for the Cougars.

"We have to be better coming out of the gate," said Hoefert. "It always feels good when your team can score goals, and its special scoring the first goal of the preseason. We are all very excited to start the regular season next week."

Juli Rossi played a bulk of the minutes at goalkeeper and recorded five saves. Natalie Freeman subbed in for Rossi at the 60th minute. Freeman recorded two saves.

The Cougars have a tough start to the regular season when they will face off against Clemson at the Hoosier Challenge Cup in Bloomington, Indiana, next Friday at 3:30 pm CT.

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