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Soccer Sees Second Half Improvement But Falls Sunday at Purdue Fort Wayne

MSU Athletics

Graduate student Katie Kiolbassa found the back of the net for the first time in her career Sunday at Purdue Fort Wayne, but it wasn't enough to offset three first-half goals by the host Mastodons as Morehead State soccer squad fell to 1-1 on the 2021 season with a 3-1 setback.

"I thought we played much better in the second half, created more chances, and scored a goal," said head coach Warren Lipka. "We simply gave away two goals in the first half. Hats off to Purdue Fort Wayne. They finished their chances."

Kiolbassa, a midfielder from Hoffman Estates, Ill., ripped a header shot past PFW keeper Samantha Casteneda at the 57:07 mark of the second half. Kiolbassa's goal was assisted by junior forward Abby VanHoeve, from Lexington. VanHoeve vaulted into the scoring column lead for the Eagles as she also netted a goal in the season opener.

Morehead State spaced out its nine shots nearly evenly, with four in the first 45 minutes and five in the second period. Sophomore Kate Larbes got off two shots, while freshman Jenna Setter also had two. Five of the Eagles' shots were on goal.

But, it was too much to overcome as the host team scored at 14:50, 25:30 and 38:29 in the opening half to lead 3-0. The 'Dons also out-shot the Eagles 15-9.

MSU returns home for its next two matches, starting with a Thursday matchup with Evansville at 6 p.m. ET. Marshall visits Sunday at 2 p.m.

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