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Cougars Top the Colonels in OVC Opener

Cougars Top the Colonels in OVC Opener

RICHMOND, Ky. – The SIUE women's soccer team opened up Ohio Valley Conference play Friday with a 2-1 win at Eastern Kentucky. The Cougars improve to 2-4 (1-0 OVC) while EKU falls to 4-5 (0-1) on the season.

"Starting with a conference win on the road is a great boost for the players," SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. "I'm extremely happy for the team, it's important to get rewarded for the work they've been putting in."

The Colonels started the scoring off in the 13th minute with an Erin Torrence goal. EKU's Sarah Owusu touched down a corner kick and put in a driven low cross in front of net, which Torrence put away for her third goal of the season.

SIUE had a few good looks at goal in the first half, but couldn't put one away. The Cougars outshot the Colonels 7-5 in the half, with one shot each on goal.

In the 50th minute, Becca Jostes took a corner kick for SIUE. Jostes' ball fell right to Emma Ehrsam inside the box, but Ehrsam's shot was blocked on the goal line by an EKU defender.

The Cougars finally struck in the 54th minute with a Courtney Benning goal, her first of the season. SIUE's Angel Ikeda took a shot, which hit the underside of the crossbar, Ehrsam then tried to put away the awkward bounce, but failed, and Benning finally put it away for the Cougars.

SIUE freshman Amanda DiNardo scored in the 78th minute to put away the game for the Cougars. DiNardo found the back of the net for her third goal of the season off a far post cross from Allison Wendt.

"I was very happy with how we played the first half, but the second half was where we got the result on the scoreboard," added Burton. "That's a really good team that we fought back from a goal down against."

SIUE put together an offensive barrage in the second half, outshooting the Colonels 9-3. SIUE recorded 16 shots on the day.

"We just needed to keep the same levels, but just finish the opportunities we created, and thankfully we were able to do that," Burton said. "The quality of depth we have was a factor in the result."

The Cougars return to action Sunday when they travel to face OVC foe Morehead State at 1 p.m.


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