Women’s soccer takes three straight losses

Senior Allie Knightly regains ball possession and looks to pass in the game against Augustana University on Sept. 28 (Photo by Kivin Woods)

After a historic start to the season, the EC Women’s Soccer team is having mid-season trouble in the form of a three game conference losing streak.

After defeating Augustana on Sept. 28, the Bluejays have lost their last three games to Millikin, North Central and Illinois Wesleyan. The skid brings the Bluejays’ record to 8-4 on the season.

EC never trailed in the Augustana game, grabbing an early lead by way of Senior Defender Allie Knightly’s goal prior to the intermission.

Sophomore Midfielder Megan Mrazek added a second EC goal in the 44th minute and the Bluejays never looked back, with a Augustana goal in the 65th minute marking the only error in an offensive rout for the Bluejays.

The Bluejays then traveled to Decatur, IL on Oct 1 to face Millikin University(2-3).

Despite outshooting Millikin 11 to 3, EC did not muster up any offense as the visitors were shutout in a 1-0 loss. Senior Emily Gordon could not defend the net against one of the two shots she faced in 54 minutes.

EC returned home on Oct. 5th to match-up against the Cardinals of North Central College.

Outshooting the Cardinals 17-15 for the game, the Bluejays offense could not find the net and a pair of opportunistic early scores by North Central were all they needed in the 2-0 victory over the Bluejays.

Looking to recover from the previous two tough losses, EC played host to Illinois Wesleyan on Homecoming Saturday Oct 8.

The EC offense proved stagnant once again as Illinois Wesleyan established dominance early and often in the match, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second half as they cruised to a 3-0 win over the Bluejays.

As EC looks ahead at the remainder of their schedule it is clear that the Bluejays will need to find a way to win consistently on the road as they will be the visitors in four of their five remaining regular season games.

The first trip will be a short one as the Bluejays head west to Wheaton College for a 4:30 p.m. game against the Thunder (5-7) on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

With Wheaton coming off of a 3-1 home loss at the hands of Carroll University, both sides will be looking to rebound into the win column.