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Cougars Fall to Sycamores in Home Opener

Amanda DiNardo
Amanda DiNardo

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.  – SIUE women's soccer fell to Indiana State 3-1 in its home opener Friday. A fast start for the Sycamores (1-1-1) was the deciding factor in the win over the Cougars (0-2).

Indiana State began the scoring in the 2nd minute with a Caitlyn Eddy goal (1). Katie Sidloski slid in a good pass to Eddy right outside the 18-yard box and she scored off a chip over SIUE goalkeeper Jensen Schoch.

In the 18th minute, Indiana State's Sidney Ewing received a long through ball which she then crossed into Alina Steffen for her first goal of the season.

A few minutes later in the 25th, Katie Wells took in a pass along the wing where she took multiple dribbles past SIUE defenders and slotted away her first goal of the season.

"It's always difficult when you dig yourself into a hole," SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. "We turned the page a bit after they scored their goals. We still have a ways to go when it comes to execution, better mentality and work rate."

SIUE pulled one goal back in the 37th minute. Andrea Frerker took a corner kick and sent the ball into a scrum of players in front of goal where Amanda DiNardo tapped the ball in for her first career goal.

In the second half, SIUE picked up their defensive play and did not concede a goal.

The Cougars outshot the Sycamores 11-6 and had three corner kicks to Indiana State's two in full time.

Frerker shot three times and recorded the assist on DiNardo's goal. Angel Ikeda and DiNardo both had two shots on the night.

Schoch was in net for SIUE and had one save. Hannah Sullivan played in goal for the Sycamores where she recorded four saves.

"We have to start the game on the front foot and have a more gritty mentality," added Burton. "If not, our game plan and skill won't make a difference if you don't match or exceed your opponent's competitiveness."

The Cougars will be back in action Sunday when they travel across town to face Saint Louis at 2 p.m.

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